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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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Positive uplift to offset the bleak Christchurch scenarios

We were blessed with an outstanding sunny day and chose to drive to Akaroa where we hugely enjoyed the happy throngs of cruise ship visitors plus superb coastal views during our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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153 reviews 153 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

We were blessed with an outstanding sunny day and chose to drive to Akaroa where we hugely enjoyed the happy throngs of cruise ship visitors plus superb coastal views during our day trip. A very welcome lifting of spirits from the sobering Christchurch scenes.

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Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I caught the shuttle "French Connection" with the friendliest driver, Shane, you could wish. A beautiful drive with stops and commentary provided. I had booked a cruise around the bay but this was cancelled due to rough weather. However, a lovely spot with an interesting history.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful part of the country and all the little bays you find by driving the tourist road towards Akaroa and little hidden gems.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Most beautiful place I have ever visited. Only an hour or two from Christchurch, but spend a couple of nights at Paua Bay!

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Allen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The day we went, there were a lot of low hanging clouds. We took the summit road to Akaroa but the fog was so thick we could only see about 10 meters or so from the car. Below the fog bank, what we could see was very pretty.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views from the moment you drive around the corner through the mountains. Cute little seaside town. Good eats at Ma Maison.

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Pattaya, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

For us there is only one way to see and enjoy the peninsular.Thats is driving yourself, we have a hire car.We have been in here before many years ago. So tried to drive through Sumnar and onto Lyttelton, At the top ROAD CLOSEd ,then on a small road very windy and good at the start. But then had to slowly... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

really loved banks peninsula,, akaroa and the other bays ,,,, great . different to the north island ,,,,

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Holmfirth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Stayed here overnight from Christchurch, great camp ground with fabulous views, trip to and from also spectacular scenery.

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West Linton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We spent a day touring the peninsula and included a boat trip from Akaroa. The boat trip was very good with many sightings of dolphin as well as a sighting of NZ's tiny penguin. We also negotiated the scenic ridge road but the driver would probably choose not to repeat that ordeal. For the rest of us it was memorable.

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