Dockside
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4.5
#1 of 1 small hotel in Lyttelton
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Three self-catering apartments - studio, one bedroom and two bedroom. All with en-suite bathrooms, balconies overlooking the harbour with uninterrupted views, own laundry and cooking facilities. Log fire in two bedroom apartment. Easy walk to cafes, buses and harbour boat trips.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
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22 Sumner Road, Lyttelton 8082 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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glennomeister wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand525 contributions140 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Despite the lack of reviews since 2017 (and last activity on their FB page in 2016), this place is still going. Only the two bedroom apartment was available when I booked, and while we didn't need that much room, it's got to be the best of the lot surely.

More like a house than an apartment, loads of room, loaded bookshelves, full dining table, a deck, amazing view, pretty good view from the main bedroom as well, wifi, full size fridge/freezer. Only stayed one night but would have liked another.

There are a couple of quirks to the situation. It's not clear which unit is which. Unit 2 turned out to be the first one you come across, rather than going down the side of the building to the lower level. At first we were confused as there seemed to be no signage. The shower is pretty tight, even for a smaller person. Bring your own milk. We didn't use the TV so can't comment on that. Parking is a bit interesting - you can park on the other side of the road even though it's kind of up against a wall. Generally other cars are parked along there as well so do as they do.

Many thanks to who I assume is the owner/one of the owners, who retreived a hat of mine that was blown off my head into what was a private part of the property.

While you're in Lyttleton check out Eruption Brewing for food and drinks, and go up to the Lyttleton Timeball for a bunch of history including how it all came down in the big quake and the tower was restored later.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Unit 2 surely has to be the best
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Christine J wrote a review Jul 2017
4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent accommodation very reasonably priced. Comfortable, clean, close to town centre, well equipped including kitchen with full size oven and fridge, small dishwasher, very comfortable beds. Excellent views over the harbour and port. Will certainly stay again.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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enginereid wrote a review Mar 2015
Orlando, Florida6 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After a 3 week cruise to Antarctica, I grabbed my gear and jumped off the boat in Lyttleton. What a beautiful little town! I was very fortunate to find Dockside, especially on such short notice, and even moreso to meet it's owner, Kathy. Just a short walk from town, I was able to look out over the harbor and watch my ship loading it's cargo. One feature I enjoyed was the wi-fi connection, which enabled me to pursue other activities while visiting New Zealand. Kathy was very helpful in this regard, offering local knowledge as well as advice about the area. The studio was very well appointed and the bed was wonderful. Very clean throughout and wow, the view!
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Petychka wrote a review Oct 2013
Edgecliff, Australia61 contributions130 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived in Lyttleton from the airport in my hire-car with a confirmed three-night booking at Dockside. I had programmed the address into my GPS and aimed my car for the Dockside's address.

Following the directions of the chirpy lady in the little box on my windscreen, I approached my destination marked by the chequered flag on the screen. Roadside gave way to huge concrete blocks and a sign on the road, amid some debris, announced that access to properties beyond number 12 (or thereabouts) was blocked. I wanted number 22. I tried my luck and drove on. continued on and, yep, the sign was right. The road had become a construction site (the earthquake, you see).

Where there is a locked front door, there is always an open back door. So I read the map on the GPS and worked out how to go around the top of the hill and execute a rear-side attack. It was a real trip. The earthquake has made a hell of a mess. Very narrow roads, crumbling edges, hairpins that would make a hairpin sweat and hills steeper than those roads in San Francisco that the bad guys spin their cars around when they run from the cops.

All this ended up with the same result except now I was on the other side of the construction site and the sign said something about the road being blocked from number 26 down (or something like that).

What this all means is that number 22 Sumner Road is on a steep hill in the middle of a road construction site and the only way to get to it is to drag your luggage 50 metres up or down the bumpy pavement (the change in elevation depending on whether you have executed a front-on or rear-end attack).

Note bene, you will be bumping said luggage along that bumpy little sidewalk all by yourself because Dockside is not staffed by anyone.

And once you have dragged your luggage up or down to the friendless front gate, noticed the telephone number on the small wooden sign on the edge of the building that says words to the effect "For accommodation ring ....", rung that number from your mobile (because you have a mobile phone and were clever enough to have previously obtained a local simcard at the airport or are prepared to use your international call roaming), you will be informed by the disembodied and unsurprised voice that your room is down the side of the building - by the steep stairs down which you can bumpety-bump your bags some more and it folllows, when you leave, bumpety-bump all the back up... and all by yourself.

And then you see it your room and you go inside.

Dockside is basic. You would be in no danger of confusing it with your home, unless you are at the stage of your life when sharing well-worn cheap and cheerful digs near the university is still a statement of youthful independence.

There is no staff on site, no air-conditioning, no screens on the windows that you must open because there is no air-conditioning, no breakfast and now, since the earthquake, no direct car access. It does have, however, a great view of the harbour (so does nearly every place in Lyttleton) and a nice feeling of separation from the rest of the village (but that probably goes for any part of Lyttleton as well and is part of the place's general attraction).

Now, please don't think that I am coming down hard on people who are struggling with the calamity of the earthquake. I always make every allowance for that. The past few years have not been easy for the Christchurch people (especially for Lyttleton, which was at the earthquake's epicentre). It's not the owners' fault that the property stands where it does and I am more than happy to stay in a place that has received such an unfair blow, and damage does not put me off. Actually, I would stay there preferentially just to support it. It is really not a problem for me.

My problem with Dockside is that the owners did not do anything to make me feel a little welcome and to give me a soupcon of assistance - or even just moral support - in taking up residence. It is what hoteliers are meant to do. I mean, it's the position description.

For example, I would have so appreciated some clear and written instructions to help me work my way around the roads and landslips; the physical presence of the owner with a smile, perhaps a handshake and maybe even some help with my luggage (even though I am able-bodied, like everyone else, I get tired).

In case you might think that I am being demanding by expecting people to turn up, I'm not. I'm quite okay with there being no-one to receive me as long as it is explained to me that unfortunately the owners can't make it there when I arrive and I am told what I should do to make myself comfortable. And that they will be around later (yes, they really should, really).

Then the matter of fundamental facilities. I am talking about air. I arrived on a hot day. The room was hot and stuffy - foetid. I wanted to turn on the air-conditioning. There was some type of fan structure in the ceiling attached to wires that measured the temperature but it was clearly totally inadequate, whatever it was. Alright, I though, no matter - I'll just open the windows. Well, they were already ajar and there was still absolutely no air movement, not even on the verandah, just a torpid closeness.

And then, finally, in my head, I took my stand: "I'm going to sleep here, on the side of a hill covered in lush, damp bushes, with open windows and no fly-screens?? Can you imagine what that will be like?? For three nights???"

"No, Peter" I said (Peter, that's me). "I'm too old to put up with this."

So I wound my way back up the bumpy hill, got into my car, turned on the air-con, rang up my travel agent, cancelled my booking at Dockside and booked myself into a hotel near the airport at double the price.

As I drove away, the owner rang me and requested my credit card number for the payment of one night's accommodation. I paid it happily.

I am now at the alternative hotel and, believe me, it's money well-spent.
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Date of stay: October 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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MissTonia wrote a review Feb 2012
Christchurch, New Zealand49 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here by chance when our other plans fell through. Lyttelton has been hit quite hard by the earthquakes in 2010/2011, so there is damage to roads and surrounding houses. However the apartments are virtually untouched and feel very safe.

We found booking it easy and friendly and were more than pleasantly surprised when we turned up. The Studio has amazing views over the harbour, is spacious and very clean. There was broadband internet available at no cost, SKY TV, the bed was comfortable, and the shower pressure and temperature was AMAZING.

It's an easy walk to the town centre where there is still restaurants and bars and a wonderful culture. We ate at the Indian Restaurant which was very good.
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Date of stay: February 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stacey324533564 wrote a review Dec 2014
Blenheim, New Zealand18 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
And so close to town! We stayed here for two nights and it was awesome. There's a market on Saturdays too so try and time your visit for this.

There was even a friendly black and white cat who adopted us for our stay, I desperately wanted to take her home with us!

Excellent communication regarding booking, access and payment. Washing machine and dryer in room were super handy too.

I would definitely recommend to all my friends and family. Excellent value for money and so many cafés and bars just a 2 minute walk away. Still a lovely walk round the corsair bay road where I went running in the mornings. Bit of damage in the town but don't let this put you off, we'll definitely be back!
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The studio was great for two people. Semi-kitchen as well.
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Response from LincolnKatie, Owner at Dockside
Responded 22 Dec 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your visit to Dockside and Lyttelton. Yes we are on the road to a great recovery and to hear about visitors enjoying this very special place goes a long way to lifting spirits (not that Lyttelton ever really allowed its self to feel down - just another challenge to be met). Glad the cat was so well received, she is a firm favourite with the regulars as well. Keeps them company, our wee ambassador. Happy Holidays to everyone and thank you again, very much appreciated. Kathy & Grant
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Hokeypokeysue wrote a review Dec 2012
Sydney NSW Australia277 contributions129 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My stay here was comfortable.
The accommodation was very clean and well equipped with a comfy bed and beautiful view. It also had a resident cat who was keen to visit and gave the place a homely touch.
The owners of Dockside were lovely people, although I did not get to meet them in person, the communication I had with them was friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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brucie12 wrote a review Oct 2012
Cairns, Australia188 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With only one night remaining before boarding a plane back home, we decided to spend our last night outside of Christchurch in some place with character and preferably an ocean view. As it got later and later and our search around Lyttelton proved fruitless, we sourced some recommendations and found Dockside. Luckily, at such late notice, there was a cabin available but we had second thoughts as we followed phone instructions up the side of a steep hill with earth slips, closed roads and "red stickered" houses! It turned out that the Dockside complex was only one of two habitations declared fit for occupation after the earthquake, in the near vicinity! I was ready to abandon the cause until we walked in the cabin! It was oozing character, had wonderful views and was spotlessly clean! We cooked up a storm, watched the view then went to bed only to be woken at approx 4.00am, then later by two earth tremors (one measuring 4.3). Despite this, we loved the accommodation and would definitely return!
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Date of stay: October 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ours, unit 2, was wonderful but the others are probably too!
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PBrown43 wrote a review May 2010
Methven, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as a friend was playing a gig just down the road. It turns out the accomodation was far larger and lovelier than we were expecting! Lovely views over the docks which was all lit up at night. The fact of the weather being misty and cold only added to the atmosphere of the little town and it's old buidings and character. Everything was very clean (the shower was amazing!) and we only wished we could have stayed longer and made use of the outside deck looking out over the wharf! There were 4 of us and at $40 each it was very cheap, and much quirkier and homely than we had anticipated having only googled it and found it by chance. The town of Lytellton was fantastic. Highly recommend the Harbourside Theatre as a music venue and the breakfast at the Deli as well. Lytellton rocks!
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Date of stay: May 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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glennomeister wrote a tip Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand525 contributions140 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unit 2 surely has to be the best"
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Stacey324533564 wrote a tip Dec 2014
Blenheim, New Zealand18 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The studio was great for two people. Semi-kitchen as well."
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brucie12 wrote a tip Oct 2012
Cairns, Australia188 contributions136 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ours, unit 2, was wonderful but the others are probably too!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dockside
Which popular attractions are close to Dockside?
Nearby attractions include Lyttelton Farmers Market (0.3 km), Lyttelton Time Ball Station (0.3 km), and The Lyttel Kiwi Gift Shop (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dockside?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a business centre.
Is parking available at Dockside?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dockside?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fisherman's Wharf Lyttelton, Shroom Room Cafe, and Civil and Naval.
Is Dockside located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Lyttelton.
Are pets allowed at Dockside?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Dockside?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk (4.7 km), Ferrymead Heritage Park (4.5 km), and Cobb Cottage (5.0 km).
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