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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Took a day trip out of Akaroa and was completely spell bound by the little town. It's tucked down by the water on Banks Peninsula. It has a quaint town with little shops and restaurants, plus numerous hikes down by the water and up into the hills. Visit their i-SITE for details, they gave us good suggestions.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Akaroa is a beutiful quaint French village with lovely views, shops, restaurants and dolphins. A walk around the water to the light house is lovely on a sunny- or a blustery day. Watching a southerly roll up the harbour is quite exciting.

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We only stayed in Akaroa for one night which was a real shame as if we'd realised how pretty, interesting and activity packed it was, we'd have stayed much longer. We could have stayed a week. Akaroa itself is full of interesting and French architecture. We'll be back for a proper visit next time.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We travelled to the Banks Peninsula in Aug. 2014. If you do anything near Christchurch, go here. It is amazing. We've traveled the world and the town of Akaroa is a must-see and the drive there is spectacular. Don't miss this beautiful place.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I did the Pohatu Penguin nature tour with my daughter today. Our guide Kevin was great and very knowledgeable. Shireen welcomed us into her home and is the consummate conservationalist. This is a very flexible and informative tour. The pace is casual and Kevin made us feel much at ease. Choose this tour!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you are looking for a day trip or a few days stay not far from Christchurch the Banks Peninsula & Akaroa area is very scenic and interesting with lots of places to explore along the way. Leaving Christchurch I would go via hwy75 stop at Tai Tapu (The Store or shops opposite) pop briefly into Birdlings Beach , Stop... More

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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Banks Peninsula is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Hiking/Tramping, biking, running, walking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, is available just outside your door. Or just sit inside and look at the stunning view with a cup of tea.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A great road trip make sure you stop at the Hill Top for a drink and to take in the lovely view- fantastic for photography buffs. If you have time stop in at little river and Okains bay (great picnic spot) then on to Akaroa.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On a sunny day the views around the Akaroa harbour are beautiful. The small village of Akaroa is quaint with some interesting art galleries. Visit the old cemetery above the village for some history and view over the harbour. The harbour cruise is lovely and you may see the rare Hector's dolphin, seals and penguins. The small beaches on the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great spot with wonderful views !! Best to go on a warm sunny day as there isnt to much to do in Akaroa indoors but LOTS to do outdoors! Only 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch, if you have the time drive through Lyttleton first!

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