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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6433047641
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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great view and lovely bays

Well worth a day trip and even longer with a stay over. Lovely bays, and views. The trip in is also great. Needs a car or equivelent, but also great walks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Te Puke, New Zealand
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Te Puke, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth a day trip and even longer with a stay over. Lovely bays, and views. The trip in is also great. Needs a car or equivelent, but also great walks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As with most of New Zealand this place is blessed with great views & stunning scenery. situated a 40 odd minute drive from Christchurch its a a beautiful drive to Akaroa. Now the brochures will mention a French influence & yes looking at some of the houses & street names I can see that but that's where the French influence... More 

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Sevenoaks Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This area to the south of Christchurch and encompassing the Akaroa crater inlet has stunning views and the opportunity to go looking for hectors dolphins

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately hampered by rainy weather but managed so see most things on the beautiful drive. Lucky to go the afternoon we did as the next day roads were closed due to snow!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go if you have good weather and based in Christchurch. Akaroa is a gorgeous town! Access by car, or boat tours

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Christ Church Parish, Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It can't be described, only visited. There is so much to see and do if you have the time. It's a big old volcano full of scenery, history and pleasure.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a local who regularly visits the peninsula from Christchurch; lots of activity to explore; you can learn to sail or just take a short boatcruise; there's some excellent farm stays; selfguided walks - just respect peoples property, be tidy (take your rubbish with you) & stay safe - this is NZ so always check the weather & tell someone... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the whole world! It's very dear to many Cantabrians and is like our own personal playground. Which is not to say that visitors from overseas would not also be enchanted!. There's so much that's good about this place I hardly know where to start.... It's right on Christchurch's doorstep but feels... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very picturesque part of the South Island. Be prepared for winding roads that also range from 3m to about 500m above sea level but the views are worth it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The kids and I walked the cliff track from Purau to Diamond Harbour. The kids loved it. Walking under trees to emerge to beautiful water views, different plants rocks. Finished at Preserved Eatery. Great walk, looking forward to more. The whole Peninsula is stunning. Can also recommend black cat Ferries both diamond harbour side and akaroa

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