The Port Lyttelton Plan is Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's long-term vision that outlines how the Port intends to repair, rebuild and reconfigure its operations post the Canterbury earthquakes

About the Port Lyttelton Plan

The Port Lyttelton Plan is Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's long-term vision that outlines how the Port intends to repair, rebuild and reconfigure its operations post the Canterbury earthquakes.

The plan is designed to be implemented over a number of years and is designed to meet the future operational demands for the port as a key enabler of trade for Canterbury and beyond, as well as addressing long held community aspirations for public access to the waterfront.

Key components of the plan are:

  • Movement east of some cargo activity, away from the township.
  • This addresses some of the impacts of a 24/7 operation on neighbouring residential areas.
  • Preparing for increased container volumes with further land reclamation east of the existing port allowing for the relocation of a new larger Container Terminal.
  • Staged repair of the port's earthquake damage and new building activity whilst remaining fully operational.
  • Opening up and enhancing public access to the waterfront at the western side of the port.  Possible concepts for this area include a new marina, a commercial development that compliments the Lyttelton Township and places where visitors can sit and enjoy the view. Safe links to existing cycle and walking tracks routes are also envisioned.

Update

The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was approved by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and released on 19 November 2015. Lyttelton Port was extensively damaged by the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and the Port’s infrastructure was already under pressure before the earthquakes.

The Recovery Plan will enable the Port to recover from the earthquakes and takes into account the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Lyttelton and greater Christchurch communities. It balances the need for a speedy recovery of the earthquake-damaged Port with the wider recovery needs of the community and is another milestone in the recovery of the Canterbury region.

More information about the Recovery Plan (external link) .