Spectacular time-lapse clips show damaging front hit Christchurch

Spectacular time-lapse clips taken in Christchurch yesterday show the damaging front that swept in over the city.

Sped-up footage from 1 NEWS viewer Eilis Legge showed the front hit Lyttelton Harbour, near Christchurch, at 7.30pm, bringing howling winds and rain.

A second piece time-lapse footage taken by Alan Bush on Christchurch's Cashmere Hills shows the ominous wall of cloud move in over the city.

Fire crews went to 60 weather related call outs in Christchurch and Canterbury caused by the front, which also caused widespread power outages across the region.