Banks Peninsula

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Banks Peninsula
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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 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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Susan R
Ottawa, Canada151 contributions
Driving the tourist routes on the Banks Peninsula is worth a visit all on its own because of the remarkable scenic sights, but be sure to spend a few hours in the town of Akaroa. The shops are worth exploring for remarkable artisan creations, the usual souvenirs, the Blue Pearl Gallery which explains how this unique item is farmed, a bit of whaling history, and fun water activities. We were there shortly before Christmas on a Saturday when the street market was in full swing off the main strip and decorations were up.
Written January 19, 2020
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Robert D
Caloundra, Australia77 contributions
Before we completed our tour of the South Island I wanted to see, Banks Peninsula and especially Akaroa mainly to see the views and the French historical influence, you must spend some time in the Museum, it was fantastic with the real history of the peninsula. Here is a tip, if you are looking for the french experience forget it. The Christchurch Council in 1965 decided to put Ru in front of all street names to lure in the tourists, well it worked and Akaroa is thriving with great eateries and a fantastic fish and chip shop right on the water, a must see.
Written March 6, 2020
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Steve R
Nelson, New Zealand30 contributions
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The Banks peninsula is an ancient volcanic landscape on the east coast of the South island of New Zealand. Only a short distance from Christchurch. Easy to travel by bus, motorhome or car. Great for motorcycles. Good cycle access as well.
Two main harbours at Akaroa & Lyttleton. Lots of bays, beaches and coves.
There is a marine reserve, seals, dolphins, penguins and whales. Apparently the fishing is good, but that's not my thing.
Plenty of good produce, food & fibre. Good restaurants, fashion and like a lot of New Zealand, activities.
We enjoyed a jet boat ride in Akaroa harbour.
There is also sailing, diving & sea kayaks.
There is a strong French influence in the food and culture.
Art abounds, visit "the giant's house" teeming with sculpture in the delightful gardens.
Written January 20, 2020
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand1,749 contributions
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Banks Peninsula
Amazing views.
Great trip to make when in CHC for a few days if you have time for a look.

Would be best to have an over night there to enjoy it that little bit more.
 
You could camp or stay in an Air B&B etc.

It is a short drive in terms of kilometres to get there but the roads are very winding so takes a bit of time to get there. For example takes about 1.5 hours to go 90km.
The main township there is Akaroa, which is stunning.

There is a dolphin cruise from Akaroa, plus plenty of cafes, day walks, a cheese factory, winery, golf course and animal parks there to enjoy.
Highly recommend.
Written May 25, 2022
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macpeanuts
Singapore, Singapore59 contributions
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Stunning from start to finish.
This was the third walk I did this month after the Heaphy and Rakiura tracks. All Very different and offering different landscapes and challenges. This was absolutely delightful and charming.
The accomodation was unique, quirky, clean and comfortable with everything you need and options for all types of traveller.
The walk itself offered stunning views, beautiful bush, waterfalls, swimming holes, long comfortable stretches and a few challenges and uphill climbs, all the wildlife and farmlife to satisfy every interest.
Can not recommend this walk highly enough. Perfect for a two or three day hiking option in a stunning part of the country free of crowds and busy walkways.
Written April 12, 2021
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Jeff1903
King's Lynn, UK1,566 contributions
A wonderful scenic area with stunning views from the summit ridge. The roads are narrow and twisty so it will take you longer than you might expect, especially if you stop at the small towns and museums and have the odd coffee.
Allow a day and I dont think you will be disappointed.
Written March 20, 2020
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Paul M
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
From the second you turn the bend and get a look at this place it is stunning. We drove down to the harbour town and it was a gem.
We also took an easy walk up to Newton’s Waterfall.
A highlight of our trip with postcard photos aplenty.
Written March 1, 2020
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pd7
Harlow, UK576 contributions
I hope I am describing the scenic route to Akaroa via the Banks Peninsula. It is definitely the long way around, with hardly a straight section of road for the entire trip but.....it is really worth taking because there are so many fabulous views en route. You may experience a little disorientation on arrival at Akaroa because you have travelled almost 360º around it and may feel the way out is in entirely the opposite direction - or is that just me? A lovely trip and of course an excellent town to end up in.
Written February 7, 2020
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,590 contributions
The Banks Peninsula is the large volcano you can see on a map to the South of Christchurch. A series of narrow twisty roads that either follow the coastal inlets or take you on the high road of the crater to far flung, isolated bays with communities such as French Akaroa, Okains Bay with its Maori museum, Little River with an art gallery or Barry's Bay where there is the only cheeemaker left on the peninsula. Beautiful but very busy with coaches, especially when a cruise ship is in. Allow plenty of time and don't rush.
Written January 3, 2020
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Carol W
Falmouth, Maine, United States44 contributions
Drive the rim road and scare the pants off yourself. Dazzling views. Eat in Akaroa after the cruise ship hordes leave. The cruise ships started coming after the earthquake devastated Christchurch. The T shirt shops followed.
Written February 23, 2020
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