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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Great place to go if you have good weather and based in Christchurch. Akaroa is a gorgeous town! Access by car, or boat tours

Thank GraceTBCD
Reviewed 14 September 2016

It can't be described, only visited. There is so much to see and do if you have the time. It's a big old volcano full of scenery, history and pleasure.

Thank CaptainCompass
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I'm a local who regularly visits the peninsula from Christchurch; lots of activity to explore; you can learn to sail or just take a short boatcruise; there's some excellent farm stays; selfguided walks - just respect peoples property, be tidy (take your rubbish with you)...More

Thank kiwiDeezigner
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the whole world! It's very dear to many Cantabrians and is like our own personal playground. Which is not to say that visitors from overseas would not also be enchanted!. There's so much that's good about...More

Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed 13 September 2016

A very picturesque part of the South Island. Be prepared for winding roads that also range from 3m to about 500m above sea level but the views are worth it.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The kids and I walked the cliff track from Purau to Diamond Harbour. The kids loved it. Walking under trees to emerge to beautiful water views, different plants rocks. Finished at Preserved Eatery. Great walk, looking forward to more. The whole Peninsula is stunning. Can...More

Thank liveofftheland
Reviewed 13 September 2016

So many little bays to explore and plenty of walks, Akaroa is special, looking at street names you feel as if you are in France, worth a full day visit

Thank Rosemary B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Not as good as led to believe. If have plenty of time quite pretty, if pushed for time, pass. Very disappointed with with motor home site. Most expensive and worst site used in our month of traveling. Only top ten we used

Thank Lorraine L
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My work colleague and myself spent two days on the Peninsula staying in Akaroa. We did heaps of walking and had a pleasant drive over to Wainui. The scenery from the surrounding hills is breath taking and well worth a trip over from Christchurch being...More

Thank Mark & Karen D
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Just a short trip from Christchurch (1 hour) lies the little sea side town of Akaroa. Hire a car or take the bus to this quaint little spot with a touch of French hospitality. Lots to do here, walking, swimming, kayaking, hector dolphins, penguins, novelty...More

1  Thank Hodge1959
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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