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“Beautiful scenery”
Review of Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula
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$151.58*
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
Ranked #2 of 237 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Carmarthen
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

We can recommend the drive from Christchurch out onto and around the Banks Peninsula. We went via Lyttlelton and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. There are well marked scenic drives to follow. The French influenced town of Akoroa is a little gem.

Visited February 2014
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Picton, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Akaroa is a gem”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a wonderful, beautiful and historically interesting village, in my view a :"must see" for anyone visiting the Christchurch area.

Visited February 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Thought NZ could not get any better but it did.”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Dolphin trip is a must and we saw all the wildlife they advertised. Perfect setting for a weekend but not much to do beyond two days.

Visited February 2014
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New Zealand
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23 reviews
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“wonderfull french town”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

The view from hill top down to Akaroa is mind blowing .A very special place great resturants and trip out on dolphin boat is a must.

Visited November 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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142 reviews
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“A stunning piece of godzone”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

A really wonderful place to visit if you have a day or several days to spare - isolated but unspoiled, totally stunning scenery, clear water, great food and interesting stores, a mixture of old settlement cottages with beautiful gardens and newer up to date accommodation.

Visited November 2013
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