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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” (98 reviews)
“day trip” (84 reviews)
“okains bay” (53 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to do. Akaroa..quaint French town. Hilltop Tavern. Great food but indifferent service, overall worth a visit. Lots of littlebays all the way around. Take the Summit Rd from Hilltop for fantastic views.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning view of Akaroa and surrounds at top of hill before heading down to township. Lovely spot and plenty of nice eating places

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We use the Akaroa - Christchurch Rd every couple of months in the summer and love the trip knowing we will be in our piece of paradise as soon as we reach Akaroa. There are so many interesting things to see along the way and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to banks Peninsula quite a few times, ranging from day trips to training courses. The best experience I have had was sleeping in the car and waking up to the view over one of the bays in the morning.

Thank 422iana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best to visit ere in Summer as the draw card is the water - lots of beautiful bays with plenty of things to do in the sea eg swim, kayak, yacht, wildlife tours etc. We went in winter and many things were closed, but still...More

Thank Kathryn B
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

A lovely scenic drive out of Christchurch. Good for walking, eating or just as a destination on its own. Lovely little spots like Little River and Akaroa to visit. Recommended for all ages.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

The road to Akaroa from Christchurch is good. Coffee and Food at Tai Tapu cafe and Little River cafe is stunning. The gallery at Little River has great things for the tourist or local. The views from the hill Top are amazing.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

An area of great beauty with a variety of options with many walking tracks and great restaurants. Lots of activities in Akaroa including water based from marine watch to sailing and canoes. Often local production at the theater as well as a small cinema. Only...More

Thank Alex E
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

You have a great overview over Christchurch and the ocean. Great place to go for a walk, do some mountain biking and more.

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

The Banks Peninsula is an interesting drive outside of Christchurch. You pass through farmland, around a lake, upon hilltops, and eventually down into harbor towns on the ocean. Ultimately, you end up in Akaroa, which is a quaint harbor town. You can grab lunch and/or...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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