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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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A wonderful drive around a volcano south of Christchurch

Our third trip to the Banks Peninsula, and this time with three days to explore we never even made it back to the wonderful Akaroa - there was much to see around Lyttelton... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Our third trip to the Banks Peninsula, and this time with three days to explore we never even made it back to the wonderful Akaroa - there was much to see around Lyttelton especially on the hills between Christchurch and Lyttelton, though the eastern coast road is now blocked since the earthquake. Lyttelton has been badly damaged and many buildings... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit - well worth it. the scenery is beautiful. Akaroa is the prettiest place in the area and would definitely go back there.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We set our GPS for Akaroa and off we went. The road took us through some of the most scenic country we had seen, this was our first day in NZ, by the time our holiday was completed we realised this was the norm for the South Island. We passed the Cheese Factory and decided to drop in on our... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

From French Farm winery to the blue pearls of the Banks Peninsula, from the rolling hills to the Hectors Dolphins, from the quaint buildings to the wonderful food, enjoy it all for what it is. Scenery, wine making, cheese making, food, it is all here. Enjoy!!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We drove to Banks Peninsular to visit the quaint town of Akaroa. Liked the French influence and had fish and chips on the wharf. Great place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Akaroa is about 75 mins out of Christchurch and the drive there and back is quite spectacular thru the Canterbury countryside and even more so as you climb up and the down the "volcano" area. Be prepared for some very sharp hidden corners and take your time. Akaroa itself is very pretty and picturesque and its popularity does make it... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Depending on where you plan to go, Littleton or Akaroa, Banks Peninsula is defiantly a highlight of any visit to Christchurch. From Busy Lyttleton to quaint Akaroa, there defiantly is a place for everyone to explore

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Uberlingen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We drove from Christchurch to Akaroa on the Peninsula, stopped on the way for some terrific views and finally for a stroll through Akaroa itself. The town seemingly has French roots and shows this mostly in street and eatery names. Otherwise it sits very beautifully at the edge of a big inlet to the Pacific. There's supposed to be cruise... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Banks Peninsula is a must see if you have a couple of days in the Christchurch area. The scenery is stunning. A road winds (slowly) around the rim of an extinct(?) volcano. Smaller roads drop down valleys, running to the ocean

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Loved the variety of landscapes: beaches, steep and gentle hikes, forests, nice towns. We stayed in Akaroa, and drove daily, up to the scenic roads, and down to the great beaches.

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