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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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“okains bay” (49 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to Akaroa once before on a day trip, but only got a taste for the peninsular. The Hilltop Tavern is a must do, if not as a lunch stop, then as one of the best spots to get photos of Akaroa. This...More

1  Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Car is needed or tour. Lyettleton, Governors Bay, Little River, and Akaroa all set in carters of extinct volcanoes of the past.

Thank Shirley J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours are surrounded by thousand foot high hills formed from two volcanoes that erupted out of the sea eleven million years ago forming Banks Peninsula. After a long period of activity they rose to a height of about 1,520 m (5,000 ft)...More

Thank pmccsouth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

easy driving distance to Lyttleton - where the movie The Frighteners - Peter Jackson was shot, or Akaroa which was a French settlement and delightful to walk around. Reccomend the trip on the Canterbury Cat to look around the harbour or go Dolphin Swimming

Thank Margot J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you arrive in Akaroa you can see straight away all the old French buildings and french place names just like a wee seaside settlement so much history. beautiful wee bars and cafes lots of accomodation all around the sea. Go swim with the Dolphins,or...More

Thank Gayle G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a day trip or weekend away. Only 1.25 hours from Chch. Fantastic scenery and harbour views along the way and then you get to the quaint French themed town of Akaroa. Great shopping in interesting little shops, great food with many restaurants...More

Thank Julie v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a trip around the Banks Peninsula when visiting Christchurch. Stopped in at Akaroa and saw some beautiful countryside. Relaxing way to spend a day and worth the drive.

Thank Pitty604
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to Christchurch with options of Lyttelton and Akaroa, worth exploring this area, and the scenery

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Ataahua (Maori for beautiful) A truly stunning landscape with heavenly inlets. Dolphins, seals and bird life abound here in this slice of paradise!

Thank vonRothschild
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

A must visit area of the South Island, with many places of natural beauty. Governors Bay hotel, She cafe, Hilltop cafe, Akaroa's mosaic sculptures in The Giants Garden, Akaroa harbour tours, Okains Bay museum, Little River and the many bays and beaches are some of...More

Thank lizarossie
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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

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