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Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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If you want a little excitement in your life be sure to visit Banks Peninsula. You never know what's around the corner. Or whats visible to the casual walker. I know I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

If you want a little excitement in your life be sure to visit Banks Peninsula. You never know what's around the corner. Or whats visible to the casual walker. I know I was surprised by the views I got

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A half day guided tour is well worthwhile - beautiful scenery - coast and lakes. We went with a local tour company and although there were just two of us the owner came and took us by car.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The Penisula is a great place for foodies and its near the Banks Peninsula which is a lovely place to visit while in the area, it has gorgeous scenery, extinct volcanoes, fabulous trendy fare, wonderful bike trails, walking tracks and amazing hill accommodation.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The drive to Akaroa is interesting and exciting especially the land forms. However, it is French as hyped. Fish and chips still rules here ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We'd looked forward to this day and were not disappointed! You need some driving skill, and to be better at reading maps than us (we found ourselves on a one-way metal road and were relieved not to get into a pickle). We entered from the north, taking side roads out to most bays, and exited on the southernmost road which... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We travel over here every holidays. The family doesn't cope very well with long distance travel and this is perfect for weekends away. Especially if the weather behaves itself.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went looking for the French influence. The houses are there but we couldn't find any French pastries and the shops on the harbour are all standard tourist souvenirs. We wanted to see the Giant's House but found it didn't open until 2.00 pm and we couldn't find anything to fill in the time.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Beautiful, scenic and just a day trip from Christchurch, to anywhere! Plenty of bays/harbors, wildlife, swimming, camping, recreational activities on the water. Places to visit include, Okains Bay, Little River, Le Bons Bay, Pigeon Bay and of course, Akaroa. Akaroa in particular is so quaint and a little gem, an absolute stunning place on a sunny day!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Banks Peninsula is a very special place. Beautiful walks and cycling tracks. Home to the historic French settlement Akaroa village. Stunning Harbour and bays. Swimming, boating and lovely beaches. Akaroa village is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch city. Gorgeous accommodation, restaurants and cafes. Beautiful setting for weddings and conferences or just a hideaway for couples.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A jewel of a spot surrounded by wonderful scenery and with a great atmosphere. Cafes and shops all located around the harbor. Easy 80 km drive from Christchurch with ever changing scenery along the way.

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