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Review of Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula
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$161.68*
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Ranked #2 of 240 things to do in Christchurch
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Laid back feel, French influence, tight knit community, stunnning views. I didn't like the winding roads .

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Banks Peninsular is the remains of two extinct volcanoes. The area is full of natural beauty and makes a wonderful day trip from Christchurch. Picturesque Akaroa and Harbour is situated on the southern side, the working port of Lyttleton Harbour is on the north. Explore the back roads and take in the views. try She restaurant in Govenor's Bay for a light lunch and a taste of home-made chocolate.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I went with the French Connection daily shuttle service and the hostel had recommended a harbour cruise. I had a fabulous day out.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The Banks Peninsula is off the beaten track of most New Zealand tourists from overseas, but it's well worth the effort to get there. Centered around the caldera of an ancient volcano, its steep hills shelter New Aealand's only French colony, Akaroa, on one side and Maori settlements on the other.

Thank nanacake
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Quiet and you have the beach to yourself! The Bach is comfortable, no TV, BBQ all you need for a really relaxing holiday shops about 30 minutes drive away in Akaroa

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