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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 3 days ago

An absolutely lovely area with stunning views and is definetely a must see if nearby. We took a trip out from Christchurch and spent a few hours in Akoroa. A small town with a strong French connection. A great place to relax, take a stroll...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful day trip to Akaroa with is about 1 hr drive from Christchurch City. It was recommended by the Hotel host. We are luck to have a rental car, so we take our own sweet time to stops at Little River (The cafe), Hill Top...More

Thank gaikhegoh
Reviewed 5 days ago

Banks Peninsula, seen by Captain Cook in 1770, was first thought by him to be an island off the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, and in a way it still is. It stands in sharp contrast to the flat Canterbury Plains with its...More

Thank mungojerry158
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Akaroa is a unique town to visit set in the most beautiful area of Banks Peninsular. Spectacular scenery, good choice of accommodation and interesting wee shops. Go out on the launch to see dolphins and penguin which is amazing.

Thank Jo P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a lovely outing from Christchurch. Drive through Little River ( stop for a cuppa ) and then carry on to the hilltop. If you have time go left and around the scenic route. Okains Bay has a lovely beach to have a look at,...More

Thank KimMandy69
Reviewed 1 week ago

Banks Peninsula is a small area packed with beautiful scenery. Travel to Akaroa to experience a gorgeous French flavoured settlement. Enjoy the water side walks and views.

Thank JaneDiner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place to see various bays and rural life. Meet some sheep herds as you drive through the greenery, have a chat with locals and enjoy the hospitality of Akaroa. Worth visiting for wonderful views and swimming with dolphins.

Thank nomadgirl365
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just spent a wonderful night at Akaroa Cottages. it was cold and wintery and that was great for us as our accomodation had a log burner and large spa bath. We noticed while visiting the town the lack of options getting to Akaroa...More

Thank bowdens2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great drive and wonderful views of the many bays at each turn of the road. Akaroa has a strong historical french influence and many quaint shops. If you don't mind heights the summit tourist drive is a fantastic alternative route.

Thank Alex P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took bus from town and then We walked across to the peninsula and took bus back. Fabulous views and took route taken by early settlers. Wear stout shoes!

Thank Jane E
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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.
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
Ajay M
5 June 2016|
Response from LittleRiverCamp | Property representative |
Hi, The distance from the city to Banks Peninsula is less than 100km but it depends on which way you travel. The best I can suggest is using google maps. ie from the City to Little River Campground is only 45mins approx... More