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Lyttelton Timeball Station - CLOSED

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Earthquake casualty

This building was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. It will be rebuild sometime in the future. At... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Diamond Harbour, New Zealand
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Destroyed in 2011 Earthquake

The Timeball station is long gone. For years I enjoyed looking at it from my lounge window but the... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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24 Apr 2017
“Earthquake casualty”
14 Nov 2016
“Destroyed in 2011 Earthquake ”
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Reserve Road, Lyttelton 2004, New Zealand
+64 3-328 7311
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

This building was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. It will be rebuild sometime in the future. At the moment the site is bare.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank sim0netteb
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

The Timeball station is long gone. For years I enjoyed looking at it from my lounge window but the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes have reduced it to a Pile of rubble. There is some talk of rebuilding part of it. But for the moment there is...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank AbaddoNZ
Reviewed 29 October 2016

You won't be able to visit the timeball any time soon. Sadly it collapsed during the 2011 quakes so you'll just have to savour the memory of this piece of seafaring history...

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Dineamic
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I have heard there are plans to rebuild but that will probably be long after the "important" office blocks are complete.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank CaptainCompass
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The Timeball Station was mortally damaged in the Earthquake of 2011. It was being dismantled/deconstructed stone by stone when the 2 Earthquakes in June 2012 completely destroyed this wonderful landmark.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank LouBLoo50
Reviewed 15 March 2016

The Timeball Station was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and collapsed in the June 2011 earthquake. There are plans to reconstruct the tower but the time frame is uncertain.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank SuzyQ8082
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Sadly this unique monument over Lyttelton Harbour fell down in the 2011 earthquake. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank NancyTR
Reviewed 3 November 2015

This beautiful building was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, cross it off your to do list! It does not look as if it will ever be restored.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Rosemary L
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Really, it is nothing of note. Drive on by. Once upon a time it used to raise and lower to help the floaters with their timekeeping. Nowadays - for at least the past ten years - it has done sweet Fanny Adams

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank SaxonFraser
Reviewed 9 May 2014

The Lyttelton Timeball Station was unique in the world. It was one of only a few with working mechanisms. A miniature castle on the outside, and a small museum on the inside. Unfortunately the Timeball was destroyed by the earthquakes of 2011. Rebuilding, using as...More

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank Rozee328
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