30 December 1988
Water restrictions in force for first time in City’s history as water tables dropped to record low levels.
1 January 1862
New Zealand’s first rowing regatta held on Lyttelton Harbour.
1 January 1908
Shackleton expedition sails for Antarctica in “Nimrod”. A crowd estimated as high as 50,000 watched the departure – probably the largest in Lyttelton’s history.
2 January 1896
Australasian Amateur Athletic and Cycling Championships held at Lancaster Park.
3 January 1883
Graving dock in Lyttelton Harbour officially opens.