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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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Amazing landscapes, winding roads and fabulous views!

Our cruise ship docked there in February, and while we tendered across to the pier, I was so glad to have worn my jacket, as it was definitely cool and rainy. This area was formed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Nokomis, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our cruise ship docked there in February, and while we tendered across to the pier, I was so glad to have worn my jacket, as it was definitely cool and rainy. This area was formed by volcanic activity and today boasts a short pier leading one up to the tiny French town of Akaroa. The village was quaint and photogenic,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The only reason to visit Christchurch, is to view this place. No matter the day, the time, or the weather - this place was amaze you with its colours and wonder. A truly spectacular place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed taking our English friends to Akaroa. Saw the markets there and had a picnic by the beach. Great fish and chips to be had by waters edge. Views going there from Christchurch are spectacular. Nice ice cream to be had at Little River, generous sizes too

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Thank Christine S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. the only way to see the peninsula is to go with some one who knows the place and the people.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love any time I spend here - Mother was born here and is scattered on the hilltop. Book a great place to stay - there are lots - check out the restaurants and cafes and it is great fun. Relaxing or do lots of walks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful scenery, great cafe with friendly staff. Such a great place to visit on a sunny afternoon! Will be back Diamond Harbour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i live here in akaroa and it is one very special place to come back too,not many people about ,but those who do travel enjoy the serenity of our winter months,visit the museum,the giants house ,walk the waterfront ,stop smell the sea or grab a coffee or a wine on the waterfront ,most places open ,lovely cafes and not to... More 

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Lincoln, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Banks Peninsula has something for everyone. From the 4 day peninsula walk to the quaint French village of Akaroa, through swimming with dolphins to blue pearls and mussels farms, there are lots of activities to keep one busy for weeks. The beaches are nice to swim at in the warmer weather, the bush and volcanics are wonderful to explore and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have lived on or near Banks Peninsula for over 50 years. I never tire of the hills, valleys, bays, walkways, and reserves. From the tops you can see the Pacific Ocean knowing the next land is Chile or Antarctica, or you can turn away and gaze on the Southern Alps 60 km across the Canterbury Plains. Banks Peninsula is... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Akaroa's The Giant's House mosaic fantasy and exquisite gardens are a real treat. Current exhibition until November 2016 at the Akaroa Museum is on Tales of Banks Peninsula. Akaroa can be busy in the weekends, so parking is easier during the week.

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