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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch-Akaroa Road, 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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“little river” (99 reviews)
“day trip” (84 reviews)
“okains bay” (54 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Surprisingly hilly and vast area so takes a long time to get anywhere. Beware if in campervan to stay on main highway as side roads are steep and windy and sometimes gravel. Akaroa is lovely with authentic baguette s which are delicious. Try to visit...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Make sure your camera has lots of space for pictures and the battery is full. This is just the most breathtaking scenery. Worth a long drive or a detour if you are anywhere in the vacinity. We went through here on way to Akaroa which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a drive here shortly after arriving in NZ. Well worth the trek. The area has stunning views, great scenery, and provides a glimpse of what is to come as you travel the south island.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road from Chrischurch to Akaroa is beautiful. There are also gardenseveral really nice places to stop and eat. One in Little River has very well done art work and sculpture by a variety of local artists. Another is a Hilltop Pub with gourmet pizza...More

Thank Martha R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ride to Akaroa via the Tourist route is amazing. The route runs along the edge of the Akaroa crater with views into and on the opposite side of the crater. There is access to a number of the outlying bays and we chose to...More

Thank Ken G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our drive through the tunnel to Lyttleton. Around the bays and back over the Dyers Pass. Interesting and scenic

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Akaroa is very pretty and offers great fish and chips and opportunities to go sailing to see the Hectors dolphins We drover around the top the crater road which was stunning but a little scary at times. Also on the way home dropped down to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many interesting spots around the Peninsula - look out for historic homesteads in each Bay

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great views out towards the ocean and harbour if you take the scenic route. Stop at the hilltop for a pizza. Climb up stony bay peak. Great place in summer or winter.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth a trip out from Christchurch, a bit over an hour by car to Akaroa. Akaroa plays up to its French heritage but isn't tacky. The summit road offer fantastic views and can be used to access a series of very pretty and surprisingly...More

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traveller2148
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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Ahnusiyah M
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.
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Speies
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
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