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“little river”(104 reviews)
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“okains bay”(55 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 2 days ago via mobile

If you are lucky enough to visit in your own car approach Akaroa via the longer Summit road. On a good day the views down to the Akaroa harbour to the West and the various deep coves to the East are stunning. There are several...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dmaccallum63
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth a visit. Lots of good cafes & restaurants. Plenty of accommodation from hostels B&B's and hotels. The views are tremendous.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rodney B
Reviewed 6 days ago

They are all right--the drive down to Akaroa from Christchurch is spectacular. First through farms and orchards and then over the mountains with great valleys finishing with a drop into the beautiful bays along the peninsula. Akaroa is a charming town with shops, water sports...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JKVictor
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hadn't been to Christchurch for years so the sight of the eartquake damage was devasting - a drive around the peninsular though brought back memories of how beautiful this country is; a wonderful drive with hills, valleys, windy roads and a wonderful harbour town like...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Banks Peninsular is amazing and offers a fabulous selection of little inlets/bays; beaches; wildlife and nature walks. We spent a day exploring and were not sorry, despite it being cold and grey. Fantastic for cyclists - with energy as it is hilly; excellent photography and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Flicks88
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit area if you are in Christchurch, especially Akaroa.There are some amazing roads which wind their way around and over the hills with lovely scenery popping out everywhere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bilbo15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A few miles from Christchurch sits the Banks Peninsula. It is a wonderful place, especially on a sunny day. But you need a car...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sebastienb691
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family had a wonderful 3D2N stay and driving around the many places on the lovely Peninsula, from the beautiful Akaroa to the Shamarra Alpaca farm, Penguin Bay, Diamond Bay, Governor's Bay and Lyttelton. Nothing can describe it better except being there yourselves.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AngAhSin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We started our driving tour of the Banks peninsula leaving Christchurch, headed to Lyttelton and then just followed the road around all the beautiful bays. We drove at a leisurely pace and stopped along the way to take photos or eat lunch. Our destination for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 16 December 2018

a lovely drive there either a tourist drive or the more straight forward way. lovely views, bays. qute a bit of accommodation arund but pricey at times. coffee places need a bit of work I thought.

Date of experience: December 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