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Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Love the glorious walking tracks

There is so much to see on the Banks Peninsula. Close proximately to numerous walks overlooking the ocean and the city. Not to be missed!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see on the Banks Peninsula. Close proximately to numerous walks overlooking the ocean and the city. Not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Just got back from Banks Peninsular and we are so glad we went. Beautiful views from the summit road, although there isn't a designated view point. We stopped at a safe point on the road and took some photos. Akaroa is a small place, but has plenty of eateries and small shops to browse. There are boat trips if you... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Greatly enjoyed our trip to Akaroa. The scenic drive is beautiful though don't plan to drive it in a hurry. Went kayaking at Pahuta reserve which was a lot of fun.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Much bigger than it looks, it is quite a drive to Akaroa. Lyttleton is interesting to see. Use the Dyers Pass Road in preference to the tunnel to get great views of Christchurch.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Saw and learned more about penguins, kayaked with Hector Dolphins. Stayed the night in cabins and relaxed in the beautiful surroundings. Great walks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Took the trip to Akaroa via Tai Tapu and over the hills. Took the long way back through Lyttleton Harbour. Make sure you take some time to stop at the small towns and cafés along the way. The view of the penusular from the top on both sides of the hill are outstanding. Try to travel off the beaten track... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Banks Peninsula is a wonderful place to drive a car or ride a bike to catch some fabulous views. You will have it all - great city, alps and ocean views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love taking the Gondola to the top of the Bridle Path and walking the Crater Rim track to Godley Heads, beautiful views and great day out for the family particularly during February when the tussocks provide a stunning contrast to the turquoise waters in Lyttelton Harbour

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you have time hire a car and drive to Akaroa out on Banks Peinsular. Enjoy a good French style lunch in the township of Akaroa before heading back to Christchurch. Be brave get the map to and drive back along the unsealed roads to Pidgeon Bay, Diamond Harbour then round the bay to Lyttlleton and through the tunnel back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You will need several days to explore this large area especially if you like walking. Remote bays although some only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles, native bush reserves which give an idea what the area was like before the settlers arrived. If time is limited then it is worth taking the Summit Road and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, also... More 

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