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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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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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Great riding road

Great riding road only a short way out of Christchurch such natural beauty and great roads for a motorcycle

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Luton, United Kingdom

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great riding road only a short way out of Christchurch such natural beauty and great roads for a motorcycle

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove around from Lyttelton to Diamond Bay and then went over to the Southern side of the Peninsula. Great views throughout the drive but be careful as the roads do have a lot of bends and hills, just follow the warning signs for the speed. For Europeans the distance looks small but it will take longer than you think... More 

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Manhasset, New York
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scenery is marvelous. It was a bright, sunny, summer day, so all glistened. Wish I had a boat on which to sail.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here for 2 days and went into every bay - such a scenic location, with quaint stores and a great museum.

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Thank Helen E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every part of Banks Peninsula is great during the warm sunny parts of the year, but it can be disappointing on cold days or in the rain. Swimming is unbelievable in some of the smaller sandy bays and it is rarely too busy or too full of people. Some bays such as LeBons Bay and Okains Bay are simply magical... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the car and drove around the peninsula making a few stops along the way. It was a lovely sunny day and the scenery was terrific. Akaroa, which considers itself French, is definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Colin A
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I regularly ride our motorcycles around the peninsula. It offers great roads, amazing views and plenty of options to stop for coffee or lunch. Just pick a day with good weather and not too much wind

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a drive to Akaroa where quality family time was spent. Only an hour away from Christchurch but with all the wee stops on the way back took 2 hours.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drive to Akaroa if only to see the sight from the hill top. It's totally worth it. Beautiful views all the way and great stop offs like Little River, Hill top and Davauchelle. Then you get to Akaroa. Heaven on earth!

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled to the beautiful Banks peninsula area now many times. We can't get enough of the breath taking scenery. Akaroa is a vibrant French tourist town with lots of attractions, quaint cottages and lots of shopping! Can't miss the peninsula if you travel to the South Island!

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