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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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ferntree gully
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Loved all of Akaroa- little French influenced hamlet on the Banks Peninsula. Explored this beautiful little gem of a town. Staff in all shops very helpful and friendly.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It was an amazing place to visit, beautiful scenery, lovely people we met on the way. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Christchurch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My friends and I ended up in Christchurch area a day early and were trying to figure out what to do. We had read a little about the Banks Peninsula but didn't really know too much about it. We just knew there was water and amazing cliffs so we thought we'd take a drive and see for ourselves. Well, I... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Amazing things we did - Black Cat Nature Cruise, Akaroa Museum, Okains Bay Colonial Museum, Summit road drive.

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The view was amazing and we enjoyed it throughly. We did the boat tour and saw some dophins and seals. A very nice place to visit which is not far from Christchurch.

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Waipu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Akaroa is a quaint little seaside village with lovely arty shops and cafes. We had fresh fish & chips on the jetty for lunch. Travelled on the back roads around the peninsula to lovely bays but the road is metal and very narrow - lovely scenery.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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, New Zealand
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23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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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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