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Banks Peninsula

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its...

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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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
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It’s a day trip if you doing. Banks Peninsula is near Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. The scenic route has spectacular views to offer but same time the roads... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2016
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Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

It’s a day trip if you doing. Banks Peninsula is near Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. The scenic route has spectacular views to offer but same time the roads are winding, steep, narrow and not all are sealed. If you want to stay there you can or if you looking for day trip its best…

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Auckland
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

We went to Akaroa for a visit, and loved it. So picturesque, and we were able to get a trip out to see the dolphins. It was perfect!

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Maryland
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

We drove out to the Banks Peninsula from Christchurch. It takes a little over an hour to get there. We stopped in Akaroa for lunch, there are lots of small eateries along the water, so plenty of choice. There is a very good small museum on the main street which features beautiful wood carvings done by a local early settler... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

After lengthy consultation at our hotel we took the scenic route to Akaroa. This proved a mistake. Our SatNav got us lost twice and what is a long drive became longer still. The narrow winding road is not for drivers lacking confidence with steep drop-offs and tight bends. We saw one crash scene with police tape around the vehicle. We... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We travelled around various bays by private car, wonderful views from each summit a very interesting area, some of the roads require caution, quite narrow in places but well worth the effort. Quaint French Akaroa and Okains bay museum the highlights

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This area is a great area to see the views are amazing the bays are lovely to visit there's food and restaraunt everywhere a great drive u can swim at any of the bays they are all safe and clean and people are friendly and it interesting to look at all the different bays z must to see and fo... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We were there for summer and winter and while winter was quieter than summer we always enjoyed the walks, restaurants and cafes, the movie theatre and library, the fresh fish from the wharf, excellent goods from the butcher, 4 Square supermarket and local suppliers and numerous bays and beaches. Summer is full of day trippers including the fairly regular cruise... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

When mentioning Banks Peninsula, most tourists will think of Akaroa, the French-influenced town that was founded by whalers, where there are numerous attractions and fun activities - swimming with dolphins, boat trips, fishing off the pier, sailing, kayaking, etc. along with a range of accommodation and dining options. I challenge visitors with more time to take a run out to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Each of the many bays have their own attraction, although not many local conveniences available. Akaroa is very charming and well catered with great views of the Bay. Very popular for foreigners and cruise ships, as Lyttelton has only limited facilities to cope with those large vessels.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Banks is a great place for hiking, sailing and fishing. It is a popular holiday area for Christchurch residents so the one road in can be very busy. The road from Little River to Akaroa is challenging especially in a camper van. Camp sites are limited in Akaroa so make sure you book before undertaking the journey. Once there Akaroa... More 

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