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Governors Bay Hotel

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52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
+64 3-329 9433
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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CUISINES
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, European, International, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely old hotel in a gorgeous garden setting, looking out over Lyttelton Harbour. Great staff and the best Caesar salad ever. The carrot cake is pretty good too! Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ElizabethK2730
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always looked forward to getting out of the city and going here for a pint of cider and a hearty snack. Inside it smells of stale cigarette smoke, outside the tables are left uncleared of ashtrays and glasses (there were very few guests), the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 4dutchies
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Spent our last evening in NZ here. Relaxed, open atmosphere with a superb view of Christchurch harbor. Shared the dining room with a couple from the UK and locals, some of whom were clearly workers having a beer at the end of their workday. Food...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Schwanewede
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Wonderful for apres walkies beer/coffee/fish n chips. The dog loved lying in the grassy shade and fresh drinking water too !

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Joanne A
Reviewed 18 August 2018

3 couples booked the lovely sea view rooms for our sons 21st birthday. The hotel was a treat to stay in with an open fire in one of the bedrooms and a fabulous veranda upstairs with a telescope for star gazing. The dinner was outstanding,...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Judi5959
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Judi, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I'm so glad you choose to celebrate your son's 21st birthday with us and I'm only so sorry your late husband wasn't there to enjoy the day with you all. We would love to host...More

Reviewed 9 August 2018

Our group of 10 arrived on a wet afternoon just wanting a quick coffee. There was only one barman/barista at work but he managed in very reasonable time to take our money & produce an assortment of coffees & hot chocolates to everybody's liking. The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank zhuhai2007
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear Zhuhai, Thank you for your kind contribution, it was a pleasure to serve. Hope to see you all back again soon, Happy wanderings, Jeremy

Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Two of us had the seafood chowder and it was excellent. Probably the best seafood chowder I've had for many years. Highly recommended. The service was faultless too.More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Richard T
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear Richard, I thought your words were, "That's the best seafood chowder I've had in my life". Haha, but never mind, many thanks for your kind recommendation in this forum and we do hope to see you back sometime soon for more of the same....More

Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

My partner and I went here for a casual Sunday lunch . There were only a few spare tables so they seemed pretty busy but not many people had food on their tables . We ordeded a eggs Bennie a garlic bread and a caramalized...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank charblok
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Charblok, That is disheartening to hear and I am very sorry we were not up to par on the day of your visit to us. Simple answer however, our "chef" was drunk on that day. Yes, true story. Not surprisingly, as owners we were...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic surprise for our Sunday drive we had a fabulous breakfast, great service and after a nights rain the deck had been cleaned down so we could sit outside and enjoy the view.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank VICKI T
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Vicki, So lovely to receive your lovely feedback and many thanks. Best wishes for your Spring selling season, hope it's a good one. Happy travels, Jeremy

Reviewed 22 April 2018

The room was very comfortable and there were great views from the room and restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Miles434
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Miles, So glad you enjoyed your night with us and hope we can accommodate you again in the near future. Happy travels, Jeremy Dyer

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Cuisine
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, European, International, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Lyttelton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-329 9433
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Description
Governors Bay Hotel is an historic 1870s hotel with stunning views over Lyttelton Harbour. Located just 20 minutes drive from central Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road. Gastro-pub fare at reasonable prices from the garden, bar or restaurant. Recommended in the Lonely Planet and 2012/13/14 winner in the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards. Juke box, pin ball and pool table but definitely no pokies. Stay the night from $119.00 Per couple.
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