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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hadn't been to Christchurch for years so the sight of the eartquake damage was devasting - a drive around the peninsular though brought back memories of how beautiful this country is; a wonderful drive with hills, valleys, windy roads and a wonderful harbour town like...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 3 days ago

Banks Peninsular is amazing and offers a fabulous selection of little inlets/bays; beaches; wildlife and nature walks. We spent a day exploring and were not sorry, despite it being cold and grey. Fantastic for cyclists - with energy as it is hilly; excellent photography and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Flicks88
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must visit area if you are in Christchurch, especially Akaroa.There are some amazing roads which wind their way around and over the hills with lovely scenery popping out everywhere.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bilbo15
Reviewed 1 week ago

A few miles from Christchurch sits the Banks Peninsula. It is a wonderful place, especially on a sunny day. But you need a car...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sebastienb691
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family had a wonderful 3D2N stay and driving around the many places on the lovely Peninsula, from the beautiful Akaroa to the Shamarra Alpaca farm, Penguin Bay, Diamond Bay, Governor's Bay and Lyttelton. Nothing can describe it better except being there yourselves.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AngAhSin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We started our driving tour of the Banks peninsula leaving Christchurch, headed to Lyttelton and then just followed the road around all the beautiful bays. We drove at a leisurely pace and stopped along the way to take photos or eat lunch. Our destination for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a lovely drive there either a tourist drive or the more straight forward way. lovely views, bays. qute a bit of accommodation arund but pricey at times. coffee places need a bit of work I thought.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank margok902
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit. Easy drive from Christchurch. Akaroa is a very pretty place to see. Lots of bends on this road and a few great viewpoints with stopping at.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the banks peninsula as a daytrip from queenstown. Great views following the touristic scenic route. We did a short walk to a viewpoint. Worth visiting when in christchurch.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 1989matthiash
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Banks Peninsula provides the rugged coast and dramatic scenery that contrasts with the urban feel of Christchurch. Worth the drive. Take your hiking boots, camera and patience for the windy roads.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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LittleRiverCamp, Ambassador at Banks Peninsula, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

Only an hour from Christchurch, a visit to Banks Peninsula is a must......unless it is stormy, where the views are not at there best. If you have traffic behind you, especially on the winding roads we always suggest to pull over and the vehicles pass-...More

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traveller2148
1 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 981sallyb | 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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