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Banks Peninsula

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-304 7641
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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Stunning coastal views on a good day

We spent a memorable day travelling round the peninsula to Akaroa and back. Winding roads, with steep inclines. Go by the scenic high route, which you can cut short at a few... read more

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a memorable day travelling round the peninsula to Akaroa and back. Winding roads, with steep inclines. Go by the scenic high route, which you can cut short at a few points along the route (it does become almost view overload). On a hot summer day, Akaroa, though picturesque and a good beach venue as well as activities, was... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plenty of amazing walks around the peninsula with views from oceans, to city, to the southern alps. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The colours as we travelled around Banks Peninsula were amazing. Bright blue skies, yellow and green hills, beautiful trees, aquamarine seas and the NZ Christmas tree, the Rata, in full red flower in Akaroa. Absolutely stunning! Akaora was busy with the current Music Festival on for most of January and a yachting regatta. Still managed to find a park and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had rented a car for two days in Christchurch, and the most attractive day trip destination was the Banks Peninsula. One of the many tourist brochures in Christchurch hotels is devoted exclusively to the Banks Peninsula, named for the Chief Botanist of Captain James Cook. The 90-minute drive on a winding but adequately wide road from Christchurch to Akaroa... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The peninsula - although not close to town - is well worth the effort. Even the drive itself will mesmerise you once you are on the peninsula itself.

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Narangba, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After staying at Takamatua (at the unbeatable L'Abri B&B) I drove the scenic route back to Christchurch stopping in at every little bay along the way. The detours were so worth it. The views were just spectacular. I stopped off for a few hours to walk at Hinewae Reserve which was awesome, but the rest of the time I was... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the drive across but made all the better by seeing it on a sunny day. There are some amazing coves to stop at that are of the beaten track. If you can't make it to the Marlborough Sounds this is a close second.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Biased because I was raised on the peninsular, but the scenery is hard to beat, akaroa still gorgeous, just watch the narrow twisty roads. Can't wait to get back!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A road trip outing to here was the last day of 14 days driving around the South Island and with it being the New Years public holiday and a 30 C day; the roads and Akaroa were packed. We had visited this area on a previous NZ trip but the tedium of slow windy roads busy with poor drivers, did... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is admittedly difficult to come up with absolutes when traveling in Aotearoa but the Banks peninsula must surely must rank as one of the country's - forget the South Island alone - most beautiful landscapes. All the more pity the horrific cruise ships - and their hordes of visitors - have succeeded in destroying the soul of Akaroa so... More 

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