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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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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 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.
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“little river” (93 reviews)
“day trip” (77 reviews)
“okains bay” (49 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Close to Christchurch with options of Lyttelton and Akaroa, worth exploring this area, and the scenery

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ataahua (Maori for beautiful) A truly stunning landscape with heavenly inlets. Dolphins, seals and bird life abound here in this slice of paradise!

Thank vonRothschild
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit area of the South Island, with many places of natural beauty. Governors Bay hotel, She cafe, Hilltop cafe, Akaroa's mosaic sculptures in The Giants Garden, Akaroa harbour tours, Okains Bay museum, Little River and the many bays and beaches are some of...More

Thank lizarossie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love the area! Either going for a walk on the walking tracks or driving around is always enjoyable. Never have enough of the beautiful scenery. Just can't stop taking photos.

Thank O8936FHmarys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to go and very close to Christchurch. To fully appreciate it you need a weekend to wander the streets of Akaroa, have a beer at the Hilltop Hotel on the way over and sample the fresh fish and chips Don't be in...More

Thank Alan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Banks Peninsula is perfect for spending a day or even a weekend hiking or cycling. There a heaps of different paths over the whole peninsula.

Thank Beblibla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am fortunate to live only an hour's drive from Bank's peninsula and visit regularly at the weekend for time out and relaxation. Every time we go we find a different bay to explore or hill to climb. Akaroa provides plenty of quality dining choices...More

Thank moragm941
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So lucky to have this just a hop and a skip from Christchurch. Take time to explore all the different wee bays cafes and walks on the way. A definite day trip!!! 🚗

Thank Sonya Devon W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An absolutely lovely area with stunning views and is definetely a must see if nearby. We took a trip out from Christchurch and spent a few hours in Akoroa. A small town with a strong French connection. A great place to relax, take a stroll...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful day trip to Akaroa with is about 1 hr drive from Christchurch City. It was recommended by the Hotel host. We are luck to have a rental car, so we take our own sweet time to stops at Little River (The cafe), Hill Top...More

Thank gaikhegoh
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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 Sally B | 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