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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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We love this part of Canterbury, at the weekends, especially during summer we'll be somewhere on the peninsula

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love this part of Canterbury, at the weekends, especially during summer we'll be somewhere on the peninsula

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Banks Peninsular is such a varied and interesting pIace to visit. From the many fantatsic Bays that have great beaches and things for the kids to do, to places like Akaroa or Lyttleton there is plenty to see and do. I love that its on Christchurches back door and you can get there with in an hour or so and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

had a great time exploring the shops, and purchased a beautiful merino over lay. Sadly could not find any where to stop or eat with a small child. A peaceful french villiage with an ambiance suited to romance.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful views down the Akaroa harbour - an excellent walk around the bay, a visit to Akaroa where there are boutique gift shops selling local innovative crafts. Then there is the Hinewai Reserve where for 25 years Hugh Wilson and his comrades had diligently allowed native vegetation to take over the gorse with remarkable results. Take a walk, experience and... More 

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Thank 495margaret
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Banks peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in NZ love going and spend most holidays there. The outer bays are sensational great for camping. Okains Bay is so much fun for the kids and a great beach. Akaroa is beautiful town and you must go to pot pourri to get the best fudge in NZ made by the... More 

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Thank Julian F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful relaxing private. Close to beach. Great domain and tennis courts. Flying fox. Tidal river. Friendly residents. Small craft shop. Close to Akauroa. House can sleep comfortably 30+ including sleep out. Two bathrooms. All necessary facilities. Wifi. Very comfortable stay

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a memorable day travelling round the peninsula to Akaroa and back. Winding roads, with steep inclines. Go by the scenic high route, which you can cut short at a few points along the route (it does become almost view overload). On a hot summer day, Akaroa, though picturesque and a good beach venue as well as activities, was... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Plenty of amazing walks around the peninsula with views from oceans, to city, to the southern alps. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The colours as we travelled around Banks Peninsula were amazing. Bright blue skies, yellow and green hills, beautiful trees, aquamarine seas and the NZ Christmas tree, the Rata, in full red flower in Akaroa. Absolutely stunning! Akaora was busy with the current Music Festival on for most of January and a yachting regatta. Still managed to find a park and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had rented a car for two days in Christchurch, and the most attractive day trip destination was the Banks Peninsula. One of the many tourist brochures in Christchurch hotels is devoted exclusively to the Banks Peninsula, named for the Chief Botanist of Captain James Cook. The 90-minute drive on a winding but adequately wide road from Christchurch to Akaroa... More 

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