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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 129 attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful scenery from christchurch all the way through to Akaroa. Well worth the drive. Excellent coffee at the cafe in little river

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Simply put, the Peninsula is huge and it is easy to spend a lot of time driving. Akaroa, an historic town that has embraced its French heritage (perhaps overdone...), is the logical place to base yourself if you have a few days available. The big attraction once in Akaroa is the harbour cruises which also take in dolphins. This is... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great little French Settlement 60mins drive from christchurch city, lovely beach front with heaps of cafes and a couple of pubs, they have dolphin tours there a cute little lighthouse

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LittleRiverCamp, Manager at Banks Peninsula, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review of Akaora. It can be a sleepy village in winter, but this doesn't mean there is nothing happening. If you want to avoid crowds and are looking for a relaxed atmosphere, winter can be the best time to visit. Views are best on a clear day obviously. More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were only in Christchurch for 4 days (April 2014) and unfortunately saw no blue sky. Spent perhaps 4 hours in Akaroa, which is small/quaint but nothing very special in my opinion. I'm sure if the weather had been sunny, travelling over the Banks Peninsula would have been very attractive, but our bus trip and sail upon the Akaroa Harbour... More

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Bathurst,,Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went to school at Dauvechelle and spent a lot of time around the hills, which provide fabulous views of the harbour and the many bays.. Akaroa is a fabulous place for food, especially fish, and the French influence gives it a different feel.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Beautiful place and I think it would be lovely in the summer. It was a cold windy day and the boat trips were cancelled which was disappointing. I got very car sick on the way home as the road is windy so did not enjoy my day much.

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Ashburton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This seaside area has Akaroa as its gem. It is only 1 1/2 hours from ChCh and a beautiful drive. The drive is worth it! Take in lunch or dinner at Bully Hayes restaurant. Take a harbour cruise and see the dolfins - swim with them if you wish.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I enjoy the whole of Banks Peninsula. For a more urban touristy but lovely attraction drive to Akaroa for the day - about 1.25 hours one way. On the way over the views are spectacular. Half way there do stop at Little River to have a look at the art gallery which also has jewellery and other little gifts or... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Wonderful place to visit, ocean, swimming with the dolphins wonderful scenery, great cafés, good drive from Christchurch.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A great day out beautiful scenery nice cafés all along the route nothing to dislike just a lovely day out visit all the bays

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