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“Banks Peninsula is gorgeous”
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Banks Peninsula
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$160.20*
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
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Love in the Air
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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 August 6, 2014

Banks Peninsula is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Hiking/Tramping, biking, running, walking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, is available just outside your door. Or just sit inside and look at the stunning view with a cup of tea.

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

visited this area while on a cruise ship. What a lovely town filled with warm and friendly people. the spectacular Bank Peninsula is filled with many photo opportunities but be aware of the winding roads and steep drops - wish I would have been in the area longer :-)

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

A great road trip make sure you stop at the Hill Top for a drink and to take in the lovely view- fantastic for photography buffs. If you have time stop in at little river and Okains bay (great picnic spot) then on to Akaroa.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

On a sunny day the views around the Akaroa harbour are beautiful. The small village of Akaroa is quaint with some interesting art galleries. Visit the old cemetery above the village for some history and view over the harbour. The harbour cruise is lovely and you may see the rare Hector's dolphin, seals and penguins. The small beaches on the north of the peninsular, particularly Le Bons Bay are beautiful and safe swimming beaches. Only 1.5 hours from Christchurch. The Hill top Tavern is a nice place for lunch or morning tea on the way over.

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great spot with wonderful views !! Best to go on a warm sunny day as there isnt to much to do in Akaroa indoors but LOTS to do outdoors! Only 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch, if you have the time drive through Lyttleton first!

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