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Banks Peninsula

Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
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Small Group
$286*
and up
Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine...
96%
Ranked #1 of 106 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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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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St Kilda, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This peninsula is a treasure house of volcanic terrain, great views and twisty roads. Not easy for large camper vans, but lovely for a detour from the main track.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Did a scenery and wildlife cruise; great crew on the boat, saw dolphins, seals, commorants, etc. Crew made sure we were warm, dry, comfortable; offered libations. Made sure seas were safe for us to go out past the bay.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Fascinating area only just over an hour from Christchurch. Akaroa the main town has many attractions with an interesting sea-front. Good cafes and shops. Worth staying in the area for at least one night.

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Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Arkaroa is a pretty town with galleries, gift shops and eateries, with a French influence. The wharf and surrounding hills are very scenic. We had a map but the surrounding places on Banks Peninsular seemed tiny and a fair drive to get to so we only visited Arkaroa. We had a nice meal of French crepes there, looked around and... More

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Toowoomba, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great trip to visit this gem. Really interesting to learn about the history of the area. Lovely walks, great coffee shops & restaurants. Loved the souvenir browsing as well.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great little scenic village, worth the drive. Lots of bayside cafes and eateries. Very friendly locals.

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The drive to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula is a treat, even though it is a hair-pin turn road at places. Go to Akaroa on Robinson's Bay for a day trip--a small town with lots of French charm.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great place to visit mid week even when a cruise ship in port. Drove up the hill behind Akaroa had great views of cruise ship and harbour nice sunny day.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I am a little biased when it comes to Akaroa as we have a holiday home in the village, but can say that there is nowhere that I would rather spend time to relax, walking the dog along the beach and looking for shells. There are several good restaurants, clothing shops, supermarket, butcher's shop and gift shops selling locally produced... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a jewel in the crown of the Canterbury area. So tranquil and quiet but the views, the eating places and the feeling of the area are just superb. It is a great drive to Akaroa from Christchurch and takes 1 1/2 hours each way. But to get a real sense of tranquility and beauty, (and if you do... More

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