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Banks Peninsula

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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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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Beautiful country

THe peninsula combines natural beauty, charming people and excellent services. Some very good restaurants.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

THe peninsula combines natural beauty, charming people and excellent services. Some very good restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to Akaroa and made the drive from Christchurch. The last few miles was some of the most beautiful scenery you will see anywhere. Full of switchbacks and breathtaking vistas.

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

Fishing and jetty jumping off the Diamond Harbour Wharf is a favourite for our family & friends followed by a beer or icecream at the Cook School or Dark Star restaurant/cafes located at Diamond Harbour village. Take the ferry to Diamond Harbour from Lyttelton for an afternoon with regular weekend live music at the Godley reserve.

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love Banks Peninsula..the views are amazing, the coves are peaceful. Akaroa is one of my favourite places on the planet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As you drive through Banks Peninsula, you are surrounded by the dazzling scenery . The view at top is out of this world, very picturesque,.n then you sudden arrive at the little French influenced village of Akaroa. Plenty of things to see n do. Spent day on the beach with my2grandsons. Beach safe for family with children. Further along harbour... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled to Littleton and then along the coast as far as Pigeon Bay before taking the road over the hill to the tourist route (Summit Road) along the rim of the hills above the coves. Be aware that the road between Port Levy and Pigeon Bay is narrow and a gravel road with a notice that it is unsuitable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This may take over a hour's drive, but well worth it. The views of the harbour from Hill Top is breath taking. Akaroa is lovely, but try not to visit when there is a cruise line in the harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After finding that Christchurch is still in such a mess we had 1 day spare with nothing to do. So decided to drive to Banks Peninsula ... as you get your initial glimpse driving down the hill into the area, it is quite amazing, a hidden gem. We were lucky with a blue sky day which enhanced it even more.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extraordinary drive....stay in Akaroa and return to Christchurch via Summit Drive. Stop at the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum...wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time visiting the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa on a private day tour with John Carter of Discovery Travel. We took various scenic routes and the Akaroa harbor tour. Highly recommended.

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