Welcome to Governors Bay Hotel

We have now re-opened and are trading with our "pre-Covid" hours of brunch, lunch and dinner service, 7 days and 7 nights from 11.00am to late (10.00am Saturday & Sunday) In the hotel’s 150th year we know we will survive this crisis. After all we have already survived two world wars, the 1927 share market crash, the Great Depression not to mention bushfires and roughly 15,000 earthquakes Kia Kaha

For much of it’s existence the Hotel was known as The Ocean View Family Hotel and many came by ferry from Lyttelton to seek out it's "Pleasure Gardens", however, rather than its ocean outlook, it is the commanding views of Lyttelton harbour that it is well known for today. Around 1980 to 1995 it was briefly known as The Smugglers Arms but is today, central in name to the community which surrounds it. The Hotel enjoys a fine reputation for its gastro-pub style fare, friendly service and extensive selection of local wines and beers. Fantastic views await you out to Quail Island and Lyttelton Harbour from the garden bar, our new deck, restaurant, verandah and the guest rooms of the Governors Bay Hotel. There are great walks to be had along the shoreline, cycling trips, world famous private gardens and many water based activities are within minutes of the Hotel.

The Hotel is only 20 minutes by car from central Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road or 30 minutes via the Lyttelton Road Tunnel. We can cater for a wide variety of functions including dinner parties, wedding receptions, office parties, wakes, corporate planning meetings, and birthday parties.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Governors Bay Hotel is independently owned by Jeremy Dyer and Clare Neville-Dyer since 2003
We also have a totally groovy tapas and craft beer bar situated in downtown Lyttelton.  Ecletic cocktails, late night service and our son, Louis Dyer runs a great ship here (proud parents)  https://www.facebook.com/civilandnaval