Lyttelton Timeball lit up at night overlooking the Lyttelton Harbour

Opening Hours

Open every day of the year

The tower itself is closed





2 Reserve Terrace
Christchurch 8082

+64 3 363 1880

View of the timeball from below while walking up the hill

There are a few different routes through Lyttelton to reach the Canterbury port’s famous timeball tower, but whichever you take make sure you’re there by 1pm. At the exact stroke of the hour, the great zinc-coated sphere will plummet with a whoosh from the top of the mast, a ritual that was enacted every day from 1876 to 1934 and more intermittently thereafter until the Canterbury earthquakes collapsed the tower and its three-storey station.

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