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Banks Peninsula

Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine...
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Ranked #1 of 125 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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 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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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Had a nice trip out to Banks Peninsula and wandered around Akaroa. Food and restaurants seem quite pricey, and normal fish and chips have elevated to restaurant status out there, but loved the old houses and gardens and the views from the ring roads around the summit.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The drive was a couple of hours along some stunning scenery. The Banks Peninsula is well worth a day trip. Avoid the jewelry shops as they deal in the cruise ship trade and are expensive. Food was varied and a bit pricey, but very tasty. Well worth it.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous scenery/views. Best viewed by helicopter if you are pressed for time, but well worth a visit in any case.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely road from Halswell to Greenpark and than seeing Lake Ellesmere (really more a lagoon). The lake covers an area of 198 square kilometres!!! The 5th largest lake of NZ. Close is the little settlement of Birdlings flat where you can find little agates between the pabbles close to the sea. When you have got your fortune for the day... More 

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Valentine, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a nice day trip from Christchurch. It's about an hour drive on small winding roads, but it was worth the drive. The peninsula is beautiful and Akaroa is a nice little beach side town. The water is amazingly blue. I'd recommend taking a wildlife tour - we did the Pohatu penguins tour and it was great.

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Hope, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Extinct volcano with wonderful cliffs and beaches. Akaroa was founded by the French and is still French influenced

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We drove from Christchurch. Beautiful drive many places you will want to take pictures Akaroa is a quaint town with many shops and restaurants. this is a port for the cruise liners so it gets quite crowded but well worth the drive!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Tumbledown Bay is a great area facing south on the peninsula near Liitle River. Turn right at Little River and head up over the hill. It's the bay before Te Oka Bay. Sandy and tidal with a lovely wee river running in to the sea. Parking for about 20 cars. Being a northerly wind the day we went, it was... More 

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LittleRiverCamp, Admin at Banks Peninsula, responded to this review

Tumbledown Bay is (was?) one of the peninsula's best kept secret beaches. No shelter from the sun, so bring a umbrella or bake. There's no camping allowed but The Little River campground is on the way to the beach, up Okuti Valley Road, 1km from the turn off of highway75. Travel safe. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We caught the ferry over from Lyttleton. The bus from Christhurch & ferry connect. We did some little walks. Post Office & cafe @ top of hill.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Many small and large inlets including Akaroa and Lyttelton harbor. fabulous for boating and water sports along with some high peaks ideal for tramping. something for every one who likes the outdoors.

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