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“Beautiful drive, great way to spend a day”
Review of Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula
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$150.70*
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
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$304.91*
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Love in the Air
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$62.38*
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Ranked #2 of 249 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 January 1, 2013

We drove out to Akoaroa and took a whale watch. The drive out was beautiful, places to stop and look at birds and gorgeous scenery. Saw the endangered Hector's Dolphin. Definitely worth your time and energy if you have a nice day weather wise.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Stunning scenery and some lovely shops and towns along the way . Akaroa is particularly worth the visit

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The scenery here was so beautiful, and we loved the concept that it was an old volcano with one side missing! Akaroa is a super town..well worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Not too many tourists take the time and drive to the penninsula. Lots of nice scenery, wildlife worth watching by riding on a boat and nice village to spend a day or two (Akaroa). Recommended.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

After a couple of days in Christchurch, a day trip to Akaroa gave an insight into the lovely countryside around. Went on the Akaroa Shuttle which was a great service - picked up and dropped off from accommodation.

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