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Banks Peninsula

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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its...

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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Amazing place close to the City

There is so much to do in Banks Peninsula, from a basic walk up the hills close and to Christchurch or a trip around to Taylor's Mistake and then a Godley heads walk. Cycling is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jeremy L
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is so much to do in Banks Peninsula, from a basic walk up the hills close and to Christchurch or a trip around to Taylor's Mistake and then a Godley heads walk. Cycling is fun with plenty of safe roads. You can do overnight easy tramping walks or great day walks. Just drive around the harbour to Diamond Harbour... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wow! Truly amazing drive. Great to meander over to Akaroa, little French settlement. Superb cafes & restaurants to choose from. Worth a drive around Lyttleton too

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Banks Peninsula is a volcanic outcrop which makes a welcome change to the flatness of the Canterbury Plain. There are two large (both ex volcanos) harbours, Akaroa and Lyttelton. Visit the more beautiful Akaroa (initially settled by French settlers) and its harbour bays (80km from Christchurch) but then, if you have a car, visit some of the remote outer bays... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area is large with options + Small bays, harbors, farmland,forest, small villages with friendly people. For overseas visitors please note the roads are narrow and winding, with some unsealed, icy in winter, farm animals and locals. Be careful give yourself extra travel time.

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Banks Peninsula through Canterbury Trails' Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour (3290AK). Lovely rural peninsula and charming town on the harbour. Be sure and check cruise ships' visits to Akaroa, which I had done, to avoid such mobs in this small village. The "Cheese factory visit" is a joke, but the... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Banks Peninsula is so very beautiful, and there is no place else anything like it in New Zealand.

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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a spare half day in Christchurch this easy drive is a winner. We took the road down to Barry's Bay and drove along the coast stopping for a stroll and lunch in Akaroa. We then completed the loop up to the summit road and the tourist drive back. This gave the best vistas in the late afternoon... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

travelled mid week and the long and winding road over the hills leads to a little paradise on a fine and sunny day. Lots of bays to explore so having own transport is a must. Motorhomes will struggle on these roads. If you love exploring and relaxing, then the township of Akaroa is the place for you.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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The views, satisfaction etc are mind blowing. There are several walks from lyttelton and can loop around including part of crater rim

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Choc-a-Block with great trails and bush as well as cafes. Best trails in Christchurch! Totally recommended!

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