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Banks Peninsula

Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine...
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Ranked #1 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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112 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The town of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula is a small, quiet town accessed via mountain roads. It does get packed to bursting point though when cruise ships are in the bay. The harbour cruise is a high point.

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Toowoomba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We've been twice previously but always find something new and enjoy showing it to friends who have not visited previously.

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skaneateles, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Although we find the road to Akaroa a little curvy we cannot get over the view as we start going down from the top of the hill. Breathtaking. Akaroa is a quiet little town with quaint shops and nice restaurants. Be careful about cruise days as lots of tourists wandering around. Also check out Mumfords as a place to stay.

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Tasmania, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Love the views of the busy port and surrounding Port Hills and there are always photo opportunites around every corner

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Well worth the twisty, winding drive from Christchurch to see the changing landscape in this extinct volcano. The old port town of Akaroa is a gem with some of the original settlement buildings still well preserved. Lots of lunch choices in Akaroa or picnic by the sea and the classic cricket pavilion.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Its a bit of a drive out of CHC but its a fun drive and totally worth it. The views are nice on a clear day...some nice places for pitstops, coffee, photos on the way. Banks isin't really a destination as much as the journey itself. If you're only in CHC for a day, this is the only thing you... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We enjoyed driving all the way and the view was wonderful! The French village was well set and people were friendly.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you get a chance Akaroa on Banks Peninsula is an awesome day trip from Christchurch. A cute little harbour town, there are some great little shops and cafes, and it's very pretty. If you get a chance the wildlife cruise is well worth doing. Also nearby the Hinewai Reserve offers great views over the ocean and some great walks.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

So many little bays for quiet "time outs," scenery to die for, plenty of places to explore, spots for fishing, hiking, photography, boating, picnics... Lovely places for seeing the French settler influence in Akaroa, Maori history sites. Never a disappointment, and always worth a visit.

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Middlesbrough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The road to Akaroa is torturous at times but has some stunning views along the way, with some good places to stop and watch the wildlife. Akaroa is a pretty little town on a lovely bay where you can take a boat ride to see the local wildlife and just generally take in the scenery, with luck you may catch... More 

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