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“Beautiful place, lovely, helpful people”
Review of Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula
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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.
California, Maryland
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“Beautiful place, lovely, helpful people”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The scenery was incredible and the cafes were amazing, just a hop, skip and a jump away from christchurch. The people were so friendly and engaging.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank ellie s
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Seattle, Washington
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A must!”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The drives to Akaroa is great, or better than the destination. Must also take the "tourist drive, route 1". Enormous views around. Top 10 campsite is one of the better Top 10s. Last, must also try the Akaroa Fish and Chip place on the waterfront, close to the piers.

Visited March 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Akaroa for fun, fashion and fish and chips”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

An easy drive from Christchurch Akaroa is a great place to get away from it all, great cafes and restaurants and funky shops to check out too! The iconic Fish and Chip shop recently burnt down, but they have rebuilt and if past history is anything to go by the new shop will be serving great fish and chips as they did from the old shop. We don't eat fish and chips too often - watching the waistline - but Akaroa is definitely the exception.

Visited January 2013
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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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“AKAROA - My Favourite Town in New Zealand”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We are very happy that we made the decision to stay here for three nights and not just visit it on a day-trip from Christchurch, as so many people do. It´s true that the road over the hills is a bit challenging, but this stretch only takes about half an hour. Some locals who know the road well do indeed drive dangerously, but this is quite normal throughout NZ, the road to the Bay of Islands from Auckland being another example. If you´re being tailgated by aggressive drivers, pull over and let them pass. The scenic drive through Banks Peninsula offers fantastic views of the landscape and is not to be missed. In AKAROA, there are some lovely walks. As a general guide, head for the Anglican cemetery (off the road to the lighthouse, ) and the French cemetery (up the hill behind St Patrick´s RC church in the "French quarter") and in each case you will get a feeling where the nice walks are without the need for a detailed map.
The downside to AKAROA is that since the earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011, many cruise ships dock in the bay, meaning that the town is often full of cruise lemmings ruining the tranquil atmosphere of the town. What a shame!!

Visited February 2013
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Kincumber, Australia
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“Well worth the trip”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Had 2 nights in Akaroa bet Christchurch and Oamaru. When we arrived we were astonished at how crowded this small town was but saw there were 4 cruise ships in for the day. After visiting the i-site we got a picnic lunch and left town to explore the scenic road up in the hills and a couple of the very natural and lovely bays. The next day (no ships) we cruised the harbour. Beautiful Lots of great eating and a very pretty place but disappointed at the lack of "Frenchness".

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Margaret E
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