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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the...
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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” (101 reviews)
“day trip” (85 reviews)
“okains bay” (54 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely scenic drive en route to Akaroa harbor!! The roads are long and windy up the mountains with lots of sheep and cows!! So worth it .

Thank Ariella A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited the Banks Peninsula to view the wildlife, but was floored by the beauty of this quiet area. Close to Christchurch, but yet a whole different world. The drive along the peninsula is a feast for the eyes, especially the tourist drive in the...More

Thank Sonia F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a short day trip from Christchurch. Such a remarkably scenic view on the way to Akaroa. A must see! The roads are narrow but the drive is fantastic.

Thank Richa K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Christchurch and wanted to see a little more of the countryside so added this into our itinerary. Lovely resort, friendly people, good shopping for quality gifts and beautiful scenary.

Thank pamela c
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taking a boat cruise in Akaroa sound is a great way to learn about the geology and flora and fauna of the Banks Peninsula region. You are bound to see Hector dolphins and seals, plus the little town of Akaroa is quite lovely. You might...More

Thank Junebughiker
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Banks Peninsula is a fantastic area to explore. This was our first day on the road for our 2 week driving holiday around the South Island, and what an introduction! Easy drive from Christchurch, even with the Sunday morning lunch-going folk on the road. The...More

Thank TraceyMorgan_26
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Scenic views !Refreshing!Mini Swiss! Great drive! But watch out for police patrol,Never over speed !Dont forget GoPro! Here a pic from my GoPro! Catch me on my insta: jeffpauljoseph

Thank Jeff J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last week we did a car day trip from Christchurch return via Akaroa & the Summit Rd along the Eastern Bays. We did'nt allow time to actually call into the individual bays ( ie: Okains, Le Bons and the like) as we chose to do...More

1  Thank gwilp2016
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful views in every direction! Must do! Akaroa is lovely town to explore. Tourist drive to summit is outstanding.

Thank KMc073
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

The trip over the hill to Banks Peninsula is a great drive. The views when you hit the Hilltop Pub are absolutely breathtaking, even on a overcast day they are just unreal. We are so lucky to have such beautiful areas on our doorstep. we...More

Thank Shirley J
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traveller2148
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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Ahnusiyah M
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.
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Speies
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
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