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Address: Christchurch 7581, 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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Banks Peninsula is made up of 2 ex volcano s and has a lots of interesting things to do and see. There are some great young wineries to visit, eat and tasting in your own time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Banks Peninsula is made up of 2 ex volcano s and has a lots of interesting things to do and see. There are some great young wineries to visit, eat and tasting in your own time, You can travel to Akaroa and take a boat out to see the dolphins. Travel up the hill onto the crater rim for some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I love the French Atmosphere in Akaroa, though you are unlikely to meet anyone local who speaks French!. The Cheese Factory at Barry's Bay is well worth a chomp. The Paua and shell fish here are terriffic and don't forget to go on a catamaran to Dolphin Watch. There is a Maori Pa (fortress) to explore near Barry's Bay and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I grew up in the North Island of NZ, couldn't believe how different the South Island's landscapes are... took my breath away. I stopped in Duvauchelle two nights to visit the graveyard full of my ancestors, then spent an afternoon in Akaroa. Gotta get fish and chips and eat them by the water in Akaroa! Lots of gorgeous shops, especially... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Banks Peninsula is a hidden gem in Canterbury. It is a beautifully natural environment where the sea meets the land in inlets, inner harbours and along the coast. There is so much to see and such a range of amazing views all over the peninsula. Akaroa is the old French settlement that is still French today and a lovely day... More 

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Otago Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Have a picnic down by the old wharf at Governors Bay, drive over the hills or around the bays and through the tunnel at Lyttelton. Heaps of spots to stop and enjoy the views (take a photo to remember), go around towards Diamond Harbour and over the saddle to go to Lake Ellesmere or go on to Akaroa, take your... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I am currently on my Working Holiday in New Zealand and spend the winter on the South Island. Since I love camping but dont have a car at the moment I looked for rental cars - the cold winter nights made me really keen on finding a spacious van. Global-campers gave me the best option, a self-contained Sleeper Van, so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

With winds at 95 km/h i was unable to get to akaroa. Hopefully one day i will return. The view of the land from the cruise ship was still spectacular. But today biggest was seeing about 100 or so hector dolphins following the cruise ship as we sailed to wellington. It so good to see the rarest dolphin but thriving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Enjoyed a day trip to Akaroa harbour on the banks peninsula. Such a beautiful part of New Zealand. Enjoy the scenery and make sure you stop at Ma Maison for lunch - down by the waters edge.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Definitely a must day trip. Ideal if you have a rental car as you can stop off an enjoy the various locations on the way. Little River has an smart gallery with exhibitions from local artists & craft shops. The cafe food is pretty good too. Akaroa is a unique experience, even on a very wet day we were charmed... More 

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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This natural beauty should not be missed. Don't let the drive put you off. Allow plenty of time to wander around the quaint stores and sample some wonderful cooking.

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch

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