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Banks Peninsula

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its...

Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The township has a hotel/pub, 2 cafes, a petrol station, art gallery, craft store and small museum. There are B&Bs, plus the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Road. They have affordable campervan parks with power, cabins and tentsites set beside a river. The southern bays have some of the best surf, if you know the secret spots as well as good, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail. It is a a place that is often over looked as tourists head to Akaroa. If you want to experience more than the usual, to get off the beaten track and really explore, ask at the craft station, which has an info centre.

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Great day out

Went to Akaroa which was very busy due to the cruise ships which were in so went to Okains Bay which was marvellous - quiet and full of history both from settlers as well as the... read more

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Castletown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to Akaroa which was very busy due to the cruise ships which were in so went to Okains Bay which was marvellous - quiet and full of history both from settlers as well as the local Maori culture. The museum there has a good mix of artifacts from both cultures.

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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the day and wind your way out to Akaroa - it's a stunning view. Take time to enjoy the small towns on the way.

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Lexington, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Banks Peninsula is well worth a drive to see the beautiful rolling volcanic hills and scenic lake and ocean front. An easy, though winding and often steep drive from Christchurch for a great day trip.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the time to venture onto the Banks Peninsula for superb views and breathtaking scenery. Just a short drive from the city, it is a world away from suburbia with winding roads and panoramic vista's seemingly around every corner. A favourite destination is, of course, Akaroa, but try the Summit Road on the way back - a little narrow in... More 

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent the day driving to Akaroa and exploring it as well as French Farm and driving the tourist route too

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

THe peninsula combines natural beauty, charming people and excellent services. Some very good restaurants.

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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Akaroa and made the drive from Christchurch. The last few miles was some of the most beautiful scenery you will see anywhere. Full of switchbacks and breathtaking vistas.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fishing and jetty jumping off the Diamond Harbour Wharf is a favourite for our family & friends followed by a beer or icecream at the Cook School or Dark Star restaurant/cafes located at Diamond Harbour village. Take the ferry to Diamond Harbour from Lyttelton for an afternoon with regular weekend live music at the Godley reserve.

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love Banks Peninsula..the views are amazing, the coves are peaceful. Akaroa is one of my favourite places on the planet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As you drive through Banks Peninsula, you are surrounded by the dazzling scenery . The view at top is out of this world, very picturesque,.n then you sudden arrive at the little French influenced village of Akaroa. Plenty of things to see n do. Spent day on the beach with my2grandsons. Beach safe for family with children. Further along harbour... More 

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