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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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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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Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

I was unaware of Banks Peninsula before I began planning my South Island trip. Friends recommended the town of Akaroa, which was the French settlement just before the Treaty of Waitingi was signed between the Maoris and the Brits. It is a volcanic peninsula and...More

1  Thank chimayred
Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We dtove from Christchurch to Akaroa in the rain and low cloud so we didn't see the beautiful scenery I had read about on TA. When we left Akaroa we took the Summit Rd / Eastern Bay road which is only about 10 minutes longer...More

1  Thank JennyC0309
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Well worth a day trip and even longer with a stay over. Lovely bays, and views. The trip in is also great. Needs a car or equivelent, but also great walks.

Thank peter_minchin
Reviewed September 22, 2016

As with most of New Zealand this place is blessed with great views & stunning scenery. situated a 40 odd minute drive from Christchurch its a a beautiful drive to Akaroa. Now the brochures will mention a French influence & yes looking at some of...More

1  Thank Glentc
Reviewed September 19, 2016

This area to the south of Christchurch and encompassing the Akaroa crater inlet has stunning views and the opportunity to go looking for hectors dolphins

Thank PaulJanet
Reviewed September 18, 2016

Unfortunately hampered by rainy weather but managed so see most things on the beautiful drive. Lucky to go the afternoon we did as the next day roads were closed due to snow!

Thank sngb1956
Reviewed September 18, 2016

Great place to go if you have good weather and based in Christchurch. Akaroa is a gorgeous town! Access by car, or boat tours

Thank GraceTBCD
Reviewed September 14, 2016

It can't be described, only visited. There is so much to see and do if you have the time. It's a big old volcano full of scenery, history and pleasure.

Thank CaptainCompass
Reviewed September 13, 2016

I'm a local who regularly visits the peninsula from Christchurch; lots of activity to explore; you can learn to sail or just take a short boatcruise; there's some excellent farm stays; selfguided walks - just respect peoples property, be tidy (take your rubbish with you)...More

Thank kiwiDeezigner
Reviewed September 13, 2016

The Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the whole world! It's very dear to many Cantabrians and is like our own personal playground. Which is not to say that visitors from overseas would not also be enchanted!. There's so much that's good about...More

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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 Sally B | 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