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“little river”(105 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 6 days ago

It's really worth going along the Banks Peninsula if you want to have the right balance of mountains and water surrounding you. Lots of place to stop and just enjoy yourself.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dalius M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spend half a day here as we arrived a few hours early for our accommodation check in. The road out to Akaroa takes in some fantastic scenery and the village has a French influence to it. The road is average at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 917simond
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful drive between Akaroa and Christchurch with many different points of beauty and interest to see along the way. Worth taking the time to traverse the highway running through it.

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

We took a boat for a tour of the harbor, but if you drive and are not used to driving on the left, it is VERY winding.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank KathyS3081
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive and views along the road on this volcanic peninsula, especially from Hilltop overlooking the area, are stunning. We stopped at Barry's Bay cheeseshop and spent the day in Akaroa which is a charming little town, and saw the dolphins there.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Lisamarie1138
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having spent a month travelling anti clockwise around the South Island from Christchuch it was a great way to finish our trip by visiting this great little area. A drive along the scenic tourist route is well recommended as well as taking a few detours...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank jubaanne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great drive down to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. The view from Hilltop was breathtaking. Plenty to do and see in Akaroa and surrounds. Fantastic day trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Joe M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I decided to go check out the snow around Banks Peninsula but ended up finding some beautiful locations and great coffee shops....as well as some snow. There are multiple hiking trails that have been added to the list for the next trip....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank darwintraveller2018
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
1  Thank dmaccallum63
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
1  Thank Rodney B
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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