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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed yesterday

I had one of my most impressive nights there, when I have seen the aurora australis. There is also one of the best Maori history museum in NZ

Thank joehl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Im not Cantabrian by birth but a Taranaki girl. But My forebears arrived in Akaroa in the 1840s as part of the original French Settlement so I Could be biased. I have worked there, lived there and now visit whenever I can. The views from...More

Thank joyandpoppy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Banks Peninsula should be enjoyed over several days or at the very least a weekend. There's much to see and do and if you're driving you could potentially cover hundreds of kilometres. Wonderful food like Barry's Bay cheeses, quaint restaurants, wine, cooking schools and so...More

Thank Old V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be prepared for a scary descent down in to Akaroa, made moreso by the numerous full-sized coaches ferrying cruise ship passengers into Christchurch for the day. Those passengers who stayed in Akaroa added to the character of the place and in no way inhibited you...More

Thank sbj3
Reviewed 1 week ago

We centered our stay in diamond harbor, a place worthy of a much longer stay in itself. we visited many of the villages in the area and enjoyed a number of walks and then took a ferry to lytteton and really enjoyed the farmers market....More

Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Banks Peninsula is an area, not a place. There are so many hidden gems such as native heritage parks, European an pre-European historic sites, private garden, some open to visitors, and among it all one of the best Maori Museums (Okains Bay) and the French...More

Thank Cautious43
Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty to see from the small townships, art galleries, Cheese factory and all the way to Akaroa. Take the scenic trip back along the coast to little bays such as Little Akaloa, Ocains bay. Excellent day trip with a host of options

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely drive over the hill with fabulous views A great area to spend the day especially if you like walking/tramping.

Thank Ainslie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice drive although slow ( construction and trucks) out to the Banks peninsula. We took the tourist road on the way back. The views were amazing. Just make sure you pay attention to driving on the winding roads

Thank Swimmy128
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip to Akaroa along the Banks Peninsula is an easy drive through breathtaking scenery. Thoroughly recommend.

Thank John M
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1 August 2017|
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Response from bowdens2017 | Reviewed this property |
Takes about 1.5hrs driving to get to Akaroa the main town on Banks Peninsula. Much to be seen on the way with the Maori museum at Okains bay well worth the visit. Good to learn some of the history of this spectacular part of... More
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9 January 2017|
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Response from peter_minchin | Reviewed this property |
Check with google map for exact tme, but this is an easy days drive. One I have often done.
6 January 2017|
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Response from Sally B | Reviewed this property |
We had a camper van for six weeks and really enjoyed our travels. We used a site on Banks Peninsular for our last couple of nights - Akaroa Top 10 site. Not cheap but very well catered and in a great position above the... More