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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 129 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
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... more » 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. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Views over the urban area and estuary from the heights are still impressive but devastated and abandoned buildings, blocked roads, and so forth, make for distressing sights and road travel inconveniences.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Had a great time on the Peninsula. Would recommend it to anyone. Best in fine weather but lots to see if you make the time.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

the drive out to Akaroa by the main route and then a wander back through some side roads was a day well spent. true about there not being many places to get gas or eat so go prepared with both. be sure to stop at Barrys Bay Cheese shop on the main road - yum.

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Rhode Island
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126 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wish I could have spent more time in this area - the views are wonderful... Just be weary as the roads twist and turn, and can be quite narrow. Also, rest areas and restaurants are not readily available so take advantage of stops along the way :-)

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Took a drive in our rental camper van to Akaroa, what a beautiful drive! Loads of lovely twisty roads, passing by rolling farmland, with some excellent views of the Akaroa area and it's harbour. Akaroa is a nice little town, mostly there for tourists, but it's very charming, quiet in the winter, a handful of decent pubs showing the Rugby,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

There is a wide range of different things to do here. Lake Ellesmere, Akaroa, Lyttelton, Sumner and all a close distance to Christchurch city centre.

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Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Stayed in holiday house booked through bookabach.We drove all scenic routes.Go to all the bays.Beautiful scenery.Village area has great places to eat and a range of different shops.Road us really winding so be careful if you suffer from car sickness.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Took a day trip out of Akaroa and was completely spell bound by the little town. It's tucked down by the water on Banks Peninsula. It has a quaint town with little shops and restaurants, plus numerous hikes down by the water and up into the hills. Visit their i-SITE for details, they gave us good suggestions.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Akaroa is a beutiful quaint French village with lovely views, shops, restaurants and dolphins. A walk around the water to the light house is lovely on a sunny- or a blustery day. Watching a southerly roll up the harbour is quite exciting.

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We only stayed in Akaroa for one night which was a real shame as if we'd realised how pretty, interesting and activity packed it was, we'd have stayed much longer. We could have stayed a week. Akaroa itself is full of interesting and French architecture. We'll be back for a proper visit next time.

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