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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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“day trip” (83 reviews)
“okains bay” (53 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Banks Peninsula is an absolute treasure on Christchurch's doorstep. Very scenic roads, a delightful little town of Akaroa and plenty of walks and activites on the water. Off the normal tourist route around New Zealand but well worth the detour.

Thank rosiew7419
Reviewed 5 days ago

This hike was magical. We took our 3 kids aged 9,11,13 the first night you are transferred to the first hut. It had incredible views of Akoroa harbour. My son plays the Piano and there was an old Piano to play on. My daughter and...More

Thank Brigette S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the bus tour to the peninsula for the day! We walked around and ate at a yummy lunch place! We walked out to a lighthouse and shopped for gifts!

Thank Betsy K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived Akaroa by cruise and took a shuttle to Christchurch. The view during the 1.5 hour journey is truly amazing. The hilly, narrow motorway and the panorama offered along the way are breathtaking. Do save some time to fully appreciate the beauty of Banks...More

Thank Leon L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a busy windy road so drive safely, especially during the holiday season. Very pretty. Little River has a great cafe for a stop along the way. Good toilets here too. Views from the Hilltop are amazing. Pizza good at the pub there. Also...More

1  Thank Adriandcass
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is plenty to see and do.The Harbour is deep and we welcome around 80 Cruise ships into the village in the summer season.Lots of Dolphin,Seals and Birds,walks and beautiful scenery.

Thank Julia G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are on an adventure motorbike trip then don't miss out on the banks peninsula. Lots of cool little bays and gravel roads.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

When I'm in Christchurch this is a place I always visit. It is like the waiheke island of Christchurch. Once you are over the hill you are on holiday 😀

Thank greggo1976
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

We hired a car at Akaroa (Akaroa car hire). The roads and very windy but there isnt much traffic on the west side. We went to isolated Le Bons bay and Okains bay. Both have parking next to the bay and have picturesque little beach...More

1  Thank Martin J
Reviewed 1 December 2017

I drove down from Christchurch - allow the 1.5 hours recommended because a lot of people drive very slowly on the winding roads (trucks and trailers will pull over for you but tourists and sunday drivers won't). There are good views of the turquoise waters...More

1  Thank mrdom
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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