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Address: Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7641
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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amazing views

there are stunning views from on the hilltops looking over the bay there are some great walks that you can do.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

there are stunning views from on the hilltops looking over the bay there are some great walks that you can do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive out to the Banks Peninsular is a spectacular and not difficult drive about an hour outside of Christchurch. Firstly down by the water to Little River and then up through the hills to Akaroa. The views are brilliant with a number of places available to stop and enjoy the views. The road condition is good and the drive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive around the peninsular is spectacular. It is a ring road, so you can drive along the foreshore of the sound then come back along the ridge. Takes a few hours if you stop and visit some of the many intersting places along the way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I drove over 3,500 km during our two week visit to NZ, few of the drives compared to the "Tourist Drive" along the rim of the crater. We drove it on our way back to Christchurch after having dinner in Akaroa after seeing a sign for "Tourist Drive" on our drive to Akaroa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice stay in the Garden Room. A small cottage in the backyard. Beautiful flowers and nice breakfast prepared by Jenny

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a short drive from Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is an awesome place to get outside and do some hiking. The peninsula is a basically a bunch of rolling hills surrounding a small harbor, where you can find the charming town of Littleton. The Crater Rim Trail in particular is a great place to walk. Expect great views -- and plenty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the picturesque and historic town of Akaroa, to the backroads crossing the hills to the port of Lyttleton, views of Christchurch and the coast, and across the Canterbury plains, this side trip is well worthwhile. Although adding to the scenic element, do beware of snow in winter!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The earthquake cutting off Kaikoura meant we had extra days based in Christchurch. As a result we explored the peninsula today. It was a real pleasure. Make sure you take time to enjoy both options drive wise (we looped and went in on the summit toward then back on the alternative which was a good call. Akaroa was a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely eateries and walks, native bush, very relaxing and extremely pretty. Has to be one of the more peaceful places on the planet, yet you don't feel you have fallen of the end of the earth.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Akaroa is a great place where you can spend the whole day. There are many nice walks to do there! Enjoy!

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