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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A one-hour-ride from Christchurch, and you are in Akaroa. The town was not so exciting for us, but the peninsula was marvellous. On the mainroad we went into Akaroa and left it on the so called "Tourist Route", a long and winding alternative with good...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just love this area and driving through the beautiful scenery. We ended up in Akaroa which is one of our favourite spots. Stop off in Little River and check out the cute little town.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PaulaGWalsh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove on the main road from Little River to Akaroa and then took a more meandering route back later in the day to see Pigeon Bay and drive up on summit road. There was so much more to see but we didn’t plan enough...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Banks Peninsula is made up of two extinct e and the coves and bays, offering variety. A picturesque 90 minutes drive from Christchurch lies Akaroa,a charming French inspired village,well known for family picnics and tourist attraction too. We took Nature harbour cruise from Akaroa Wharf....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jyotsna907
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting the Christchurch area, we HIGHLY recommend that you go out to visit the Banks Peninsula. Created by the cones of several volcanoes (now extinct), it is a great place to see many, many scenic views comprised of hills, valleys and the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ClintonB45
Reviewed April 15, 2019

The views from this peninsula are outstanding. An area of outstanding natural beauty and history. Some of the road guards for the steep inclines are worryingly sleight.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Graham B
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Spent a few days at Birdling's Flat which is a truly amazing beach - wild surf, loads of colorful stones to fossick, huge cliffs and friendly locals. Little River is an interesting stop - the old Train Station has some great arts and crafts including...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Fiji_Novice255100
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Drive around the Peninsula and experience great views especially at the top of the mountain with great views on both sides. The road is a bit narrow but very worthwhile. Highly recommend the drive.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HoneyandPaul
Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

Must see! Toured the bays in our camper van and stayed at Akoroa. Lyttleton was a bid uninspiring but all the other bays were gorgeous.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Marg08_12
Reviewed March 7, 2019

Bring your camera and comfortable shoes. Walk on the beautiful beach. See smashing waterfalls. Eat great food. What more could one ask from another one of the beautiful places in wonderful New Zealand!

Date of experience: February 2019
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August 1, 2017|
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Response from bowdens2017 | Reviewed this property |
Takes about 1.5hrs driving to get to Akaroa the main town on Banks Peninsula. Much to be seen on the way with the Maori museum at Okains bay well worth the visit. Good to learn some of the history of this spectacular part of... More
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January 9, 2017|
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Response from peter_minchin | Reviewed this property |
Check with google map for exact tme, but this is an easy days drive. One I have often done.
January 6, 2017|
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Response from 981sallyb | Reviewed this property |
We had a camper van for six weeks and really enjoyed our travels. We used a site on Banks Peninsular for our last couple of nights - Akaroa Top 10 site. Not cheap but very well catered and in a great position above the... More