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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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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“burger” (6 reviews)
“lamb” (5 reviews)
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Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

At the end of a days driving tour we stopped in for supper on a whim and were very glad we did. I enjoyed the pork fillet with Waldorf salad and my wife liked stuffed chicken breast with kumara (a type of local potatoe). The...More

Thank aclarke1956
Reviewed October 8, 2017

I planned a walk and afternoon drinks and nibbles at the Governors bay pub for my 40th celebration, followed by a stay in the King suite. The team made catering for a group easy with a handy selection of platters which was a delicious and...More

Thank jo1977day
Reviewed September 24, 2017

Second time staying here - such a perfect little place. Views are incredible, service top quality and just brilliant value for money. Rooms are clean, modern and stylish - feels a bit like a spa. And if the only thing holding you back from booking...More

Thank Anna B
Reviewed September 23, 2017

I had the stuffed chicken breast and hubby had the lamb. Both meals were wonderful. good size, decent price

Thank Renee W
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

Well we'd given up hope for lunch on a a Monday & thought we'd have to drive back to Christchurch then we spotted this Gorgeous Old Pub on the bend overlooking Governors Bay; pulled in & were over the moon to find they had lunch...More

Thank Lynda M
Reviewed August 29, 2017

We pre-booked which meant we got a table outside on a perfect sunny Sunday lunchtime. Small'ish menu, but something for everyone. Definitely recommend the corn cakes (off the bar menu, but can order as a main).

1  Thank Robyn P
Reviewed August 5, 2017

You wont regret sitting at this place with the amazing view and equally amazing food and friendly staff

Thank milinpaul
Reviewed July 16, 2017

We stayed at the Governors Bay Hotel for one night. The dinner was excellent with good quality ingredients and good service. Friendly staff and the room was fine. Will stay again in future.

Thank JohnP1969
Reviewed July 12, 2017

Stopped here for lunch on our way through to Christchurch, had an excellent lunch over looking beautiful views - just perfect, thank you so much.

Thank Chad S
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

We had a beautiful lunch on the front deck. Food was excellent with just the right amount. Staff were friendly. Warm inside with fire going. Is way above standard pub type meals we will be going back for dinner sooner rather than later.More

Thank MarkP565
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2017

Dear Mark, Very glad you enjoyed your day out with us and thank you for your review. Amazing when you get that odd winter's day when you can indeed lunch on the deck and warm up a bit later in front of an open fire....More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $20
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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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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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