Governors Bay Hotel
The Governors Bay Hotel was founded in 1870 and is located towards the head of Lyttelton harbour, 20 minutes from central Christchurch or 10 minutes from Lyttelton Township. The hotel enjoys a fine reputation for its gastro-pub fare, a wine list encompassing many local vineyards and a great range of Monteith’s beers on tap.
Following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the Hotel stood up remarkably well and is now fully restored to original colonial beauty. Fantastic views out to Quail Island and Lyttelton Harbour await you from the Garden Bar, restaurant, verandah and rooms of the Governors Bay Hotel.
Our six guest rooms currently offer clean, comfortable and contemporary accommodation with views that are world class. Prices start from $100.00 per couple inclusive continental breakfast. Please note that our rooms do not have ensuites, but do have their own coffee and tea facilities. Our balcony rooms offer unbeatable harbour views of the Bay and have queen size beds and basins.
There are great walks to be had along the shoreline, cycling trips, public gardens and many water based activities within minutes of the Hotel.
The hotel is only 20 minutes by car from Cathedral Square, Christchurch, via Dyers Pass Road or 30 minutes via the Lyttelton road tunnel.
The hotel is proudly independently owned and operated by Jeremy Dyer and Clare Neville-Dyer.
We are open seven days throughout the year for lunch and dinner from 10am.
We can cater for a wide variety of functions from dinner parties, wedding receptions, office parties, corporate planning meetings, birthday parties, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a menu and budget to suit your group.
Our focus in the restaurant is to provide our guests with professional and friendly service whatever the occasion. Our brief to our chefs is to produce all dishes from the base ingredients up. Stocks, soups, cakes and everything departing our kitchen should be prepared in-house ensuring you a quality chef-prepared meal. Wherever possible, we seek the best possible ingredients from what the seasons or markets currently offer (sourced locally if possible).
Through the cooler nights expect to be met with a very warming open fire.
Our restaurant is open Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday lunch and for private functions, on any day or night required. Of course, our bar and garden menu is available all day everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
More importantly, whether dining in our restaurant or bar our commitment to quality, good value meals is the same.
Our public bar features a roaring open fire in the cooler months or entices you out onto the verandah with one of seven cool beers on tap during summer.
Our espresso machine pumps out one of the best coffees on the Peninsula or you can sit and relax with one of the many wines featured by the glass from the Banks Peninsula, Waipara or from further a field.
Our bar is a pokie-free venue, but you can catch the latest games on Sky or sit back and listen to some chilled out music.
For those with indoor sports in mind we have table football, a jukebox, pinball and a pool table.
Great value meals are available all day everyday and if the weather is nasty a cosy snug area off the bar can accommodate groups of up to 20.