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“little river”(98 reviews)
“day trip”(85 reviews)
“okains bay”(53 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Not your usual touristy location. We took a scenic 90miute drive from Christchurch through farmlands with flat paddocks then via a massive eel filled lake and finally up a torturous and steep winding road surrounded by picturesque valleys with cows, sheep and orchids to arrive...More

5  Thank Martine D
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 July 2012

would be the perfect place to go if people in this vicinity weren't so snotty nosed hated it there as they made you feel beneath them

4  Thank Tammie B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Banks Peninsula provides the rugged coast and dramatic scenery that contrasts with the urban feel of Christchurch. Worth the drive. Take your hiking boots, camera and patience for the windy roads.

1  Thank Scottishsuese
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Banks Peninsula is best viewed from atop the Christchurch Gondola, once you get off and hike a bit down hill on the other site of the main building. If you love to take photographs, this is the main place to capture the beauty of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying in Christchurch decided to do a day drive out to Banks Peninsula and Akaroa actually had a really good day. Its a beautiful introduction to NZ (if its your first time). And the scenery is just gorgeous.

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go on the low road and back on the tourist high road back. Don't rush, if you don't get to Akaroa we'll go back another day. But enjoy the scenery!

Thank matthewl20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Banks Peninsula has some beautiful scenery. We took the summit road to Akaroa, which was very scenic, though a few more signs would be helpful! A lovely drive when the weather is good.

1  Thank ladybugsSydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Akorora Day Trip was fascinating. We took a general tour of Akorora and it Harbor by Boat. We saw a Dolphin which was unusual because Dolphins usually travel in groups. The scenery on land was pretty cool to !

1  Thank Howard E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a very beautiful place to visit. We really enjoyed it. With a beautiful weather it’s so much better

Thank maxyne13
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Had we known how extensive the options were we would have stayed on the peninsula rather than in Christchurch. Natural beauty, tours, walking trails and restaurants and cafes. Incredible variety and breath taking scenery. The Akaroa Dolphin boat trip is a must ! This leaves...More

1  Thank neildouglassmurray
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We were amazed at the spectacular views, the surrounding scenery (lakes, bays, harbours, landscapes) that you find at every curve of the road leading to Akaroa. The villageis charming amd the trails fabulous. Highly recommended!

Thank paherranz
Reviewed 19 September 2018

We went there just to visit Hinewai Reserve but without good signposting couldn't find it. So we just did a walk around Arkaroa and then drove the tourist drive. We stopped so many times for photos. I honestly feel we could spend a few days...More

1  Thank New_South_Woodies
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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 981sallyb | 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