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“little river”(104 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

Lovely place to visit. Easy drive from Christchurch. Akaroa is a very pretty place to see. Lots of bends on this road and a few great viewpoints with stopping at.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the banks peninsula as a daytrip from queenstown. Great views following the touristic scenic route. We did a short walk to a viewpoint. Worth visiting when in christchurch.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 1989matthiash
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Banks Peninsula provides the rugged coast and dramatic scenery that contrasts with the urban feel of Christchurch. Worth the drive. Take your hiking boots, camera and patience for the windy roads.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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LittleRiverCamp, Ambassador at Banks Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Only an hour from Christchurch, a visit to Banks Peninsula is a must......unless it is stormy, where the views are not at there best. If you have traffic behind you, especially on the winding roads we always suggest to pull over and the vehicles pass-...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Banks Peninsula is best viewed from atop the Christchurch Gondola, once you get off and hike a bit down hill on the other site of the main building. If you love to take photographs, this is the main place to capture the beauty of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JeLundgren
Reviewed 5 November 2018

While staying in Christchurch decided to do a day drive out to Banks Peninsula and Akaroa actually had a really good day. Its a beautiful introduction to NZ (if its your first time). And the scenery is just gorgeous.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Go on the low road and back on the tourist high road back. Don't rush, if you don't get to Akaroa we'll go back another day. But enjoy the scenery!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank matthewl20
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

The Banks Peninsula has some beautiful scenery. We took the summit road to Akaroa, which was very scenic, though a few more signs would be helpful! A lovely drive when the weather is good.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ladybugsSydney
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Akorora Day Trip was fascinating. We took a general tour of Akorora and it Harbor by Boat. We saw a Dolphin which was unusual because Dolphins usually travel in groups. The scenery on land was pretty cool to !

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Howard E
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

It’s a very beautiful place to visit. We really enjoyed it. With a beautiful weather it’s so much better

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank maxyne13
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Had we known how extensive the options were we would have stayed on the peninsula rather than in Christchurch. Natural beauty, tours, walking trails and restaurants and cafes. Incredible variety and breath taking scenery. The Akaroa Dolphin boat trip is a must ! This leaves...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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