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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 130 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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Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

great roads to drive and very scenic. wonderful spots to stop and take in the views. quaint townships. unique history

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

access to region and trans-alpine railway - a definite must do. Use the trip to greymouth to access the amazing west coast or fjordland to the south.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Need a whole day to go around the peninsula and Akoroa cruise. Scenic drive. Plan your lunch in Akaroa,nice options. Driving by the side of the lakes, reaching hilltop,then Akaroa,Okains bay and driving back to christchurch through the different route to reach lyttelton port would be a nice plan.

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ferntree gully
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
2 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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