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Address: , Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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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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We came in the 'back door' to Banks Peninsula on a sunny winters day with snow on the hill tops

We went to Diamond Harbour for lunch then onto Port Levy and around a 4WD road to Pigeon Bay. We stopped at each bay and enjoyed the warm sun, the quiet atmosphere and lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went to Diamond Harbour for lunch then onto Port Levy and around a 4WD road to Pigeon Bay. We stopped at each bay and enjoyed the warm sun, the quiet atmosphere and lovely scenery. The it was up from Pigeon Bay to the Hill Top Road and down to De Vauchelles and onto Akaroa. I really enjoyed this ride... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The drive down the Banks Peninsula is one that every traveller should undertake, but at a slow pace to experience the views, towns, and the relaxation that comes from being away from a city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

on last few days at south island, me and my gf decided to stay overnight at akaroa. one thing that make me wanna go there is based on fellow travellers review at tripadvisor. start self drive in the morning from chistchurch to akaroa through bank peninsula. the view is really something that memorable. glad we choose akaroa for our last... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A visit to Akaroa and surrounding banks Peninsula is a unique experience. Akaroa was settled by the French 175 years ago and many families are descendents of those original explorers. If you have time plane to stay at least one night. There are some great drives over and around the Peninsula and if you are lucky you may see a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Banks Peninsula is situated near Christchurch and is well worth exploring. Little villages door the hills and local handcrafts and fruits make for an excellent day of exploring.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet. We drove from Christchurch for a day out. Lunch in Akaroa, walk around. It was a very cold day, but everything looked beautiful.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

We drove from Christchurch through Little River, stopping there at the cool crafty gift shop that's housed in the old railway station. From there we headed up over the hill stopping at the summit for views all over Banks Peninsula from French Farm to Akaroa. While the road is a little windy, it's well worth it for the views. We... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Cold but beautiful. A lot of places close for the winter. Good pub with fire for lunch. Place where the French landed a few days after the British so NZ could almost have become a French colony.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Great to see the silo stay and a wonderful café with fab cake just next to it. We sat in the garden and native birds were all around us a lovely wee spot

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LittleRiverCamp, Holiday facilitator at Banks Peninsula, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive experience of Little River. It just shows there is a lot more to Banks Peninsula than Akaroa. The silos are an amazing place to stay. All the best with the rest of your travels and make them adventurous and safe. Marcus from Little River Campground. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The views around here are simply stunning, the hilltop is a great lookout spot and pretty popular, can be a bit windy so prepare if you get travel sickness otherwise a great ares

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