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“little river”(106 reviews)
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“okains bay”(56 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Drive around the Peninsula and experience great views especially at the top of the mountain with great views on both sides. The road is a bit narrow but very worthwhile. Highly recommend the drive.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HoneyandPaul
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must see! Toured the bays in our camper van and stayed at Akoroa. Lyttleton was a bid uninspiring but all the other bays were gorgeous.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Marg08_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bring your camera and comfortable shoes. Walk on the beautiful beach. See smashing waterfalls. Eat great food. What more could one ask from another one of the beautiful places in wonderful New Zealand!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Fisher327
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We explored 2 parts of the Banks Peninsula - around Akaroa and the Littleton/Sumner area. Formed from 2 volcanoes this peninsula has an interesting topography - lots of rugged mountains, sweeping bay beaches, and inlets that run for miles. We found it easy to drive...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jocelyn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many hidden gems: bays, parks, reserves, beaches, artisans, craftspeople. One could spend an entire fortnight exploring Banks Peninsula. Best done with a 4wd as the roads to the Akaroa Heads, Port Levy Saddle, Bossu Rd, and some of the minor bays are absolutely stunning....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rollznz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic drive out to Banks Peninsula with views to capture you. Plenty to see and do along the way and many lovely eateries to.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank habanachooky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Banks Peninsula is one of the lesser know highlights of the South Island. The scenery is stunning with high volcanic hills surrounding the harbour. Akaroa is a delight with some interesting old buildings. Harbour boat trips are available and you will almost certainly see...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank TheObserverWiltshire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the chance to visit Akoroa, it is beautiful. For us it was the perfect way to end our visit to New Zealand. There is so much to see and do. Yet, it, like so many seaside towns, works at its own pace, and is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Anne W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Dad grew up on a farm in Pigeon Bay Banks Peninsula so I have a connection to the area. I have travelled to many places around the world but consider this area up with the best. The views, the Atmosphere, the people and the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Julie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a daytrip to Akaroa on motorcycle. Really good roads and we also testad same gravel roads that were very good.

Date of experience: February 2019
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2 August 2017|
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Response from bowdens2017 | Reviewed this property |
Takes about 1.5hrs driving to get to Akaroa the main town on Banks Peninsula. Much to be seen on the way with the Maori museum at Okains bay well worth the visit. Good to learn some of the history of this spectacular part of... More
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9 January 2017|
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Response from peter_minchin | Reviewed this property |
Check with google map for exact tme, but this is an easy days drive. One I have often done.
6 January 2017|
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Response from 981sallyb | Reviewed this property |
We had a camper van for six weeks and really enjoyed our travels. We used a site on Banks Peninsular for our last couple of nights - Akaroa Top 10 site. Not cheap but very well catered and in a great position above the... More