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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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AKAROA BANKS PENINSULA

The Banks Peninsula area of Canterbury is extremely scenic and only an hours drive from Christchurch City. There is a shuttle bus that runs daily for those who don't drive. If... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Banks Peninsula area of Canterbury is extremely scenic and only an hours drive from Christchurch City. There is a shuttle bus that runs daily for those who don't drive. If you are going by car there are lots of interesting places on the way that you can relax and have lunch cup of coffee or just walk around. Banks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arranged a two day stay for friends over from Australia. The four of us had a unit each at L'Hotel situated upstairs on the water front overlooking the harbour. Accommodation good, we all enjoyed having a few drinks and catching up while sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. Spent time walking around the area, many good walkways,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Every time I visit this place I fall in love with it all over again. It is beautiful in every season and ranges from the sophisitication of Akaroa to some of the most truly wild and natural spots you could ever wish to see. I love stopping at Little River on the way through, exploring the geological wonders of Onawe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Travel to Little River and stop for coffee, continue on to Akaroa for lunch, wander around township and down wharf.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We won an occasion in Akaroa (nights accommodation and the dolphin tour) and decided to drive back from Akaroa on the Tourist Route. It was really interesting. We went down to Okain's Bay, although the museum wanted a really heavy price for entrance so we didn't do that. But the old houses are charming. Banks Peninsula is an extinct volcano... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get a chance, visit Hinewai Reserve. Restored bush that gives a glimpse of what the area looked like 100s of years ago.

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Thank Hossman2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bank Peninsula is the place easy to go for a day trp from Christchurch ! There are good climbing (see website climbnz). At lebons Bay are good fishing. Check out the christchurch slackline group on facebook they often set up some high line there. Good surf not really often.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Setting aside the Akaroa Franco-British discourse the Peninsula is what complements, supports and enhances the understanding of the area and the development of the city and the surrounding hamlets and villages. It is a stupendous demanding multi-lever endeavour. The steepness and the views, the hilly and the circumnavigatory, the elevations and the views, the parks and the wilderness so near... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Akaroa is the only French Settlement in NZ a quaint and beautiful town in Banks Peninsula, which a rugged set of volcanic hills about an hour of Christchurch, full of beautiful walks, beaches and off the beaten roads to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small boat ride to watch dolphins, penguins, seals etc. Black Cat cruises was the company and the guide had a wonderful sense of humour which added to the fun. The trip went out as far as Akaroa heads and the wildlife in their natural habitat was amazing to see. The dolphins put on a show around the boat and the... More 

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