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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch-Akaroa Road, 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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“little river” (101 reviews)
“day trip” (87 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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The road over the hill can be a challenge or an exercise in patience or both. Either way, it is a fun drive and to come over the top of the hill to a picture perfect scene is well worth the effort. Akaroa has got...More

Thank Kelvin H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the area on Tuesday 24th April, Wednesday 25th April and Thursday 26th April. We drove the main road from Christchurch to Akaroa which transversus the Banks Peninsula. We were amazed at the changing scenery and now wish we had spent more time seeking out...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pennisula truly woth a visit, the scenery is amazing, especially on the Tourist's road, wich bring you to the top of the pennisula. Akaroa is quite a charming place, good for shopping, get on a boat trip and eating out freshly cathced fish. Nature/geology...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just a short trip from Christchurch this area gives a great introduction to the magnificent scenery which typifies the South Island. Well worth a day trip and taking the time to stop and take it all in If you have more time keep driving on...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband drove here from Christchurch, we didn’t have much time but so pleased we drove to here. Away from the city you are greeted with magnificent views. We took summit road which is a scenic route and it meant we got to...More

Thank ZCashin2014
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent most of a day here - travelling to and from Christchurch. We followed a narrow, winding good gravel road on the Okuti Scenic Way from abut Little River to Wainui. This is not the main way in. Fabulous scenery - although for much...More

Thank MJM64
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're driving between Christchurch and Akaroa, you'll pass by here and it's certainly worth a quick stop. Take care if you do, there's a sharp bend near where you turn off. The view is good, but not spectacular. Plenty of similar ones in New...More

Thank chiangmaicharlies
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was raining, lots of places were closed but we had a great time. Great road for a drive, either along the coast or over the hills. Akaroa is lovely. The landscape is just awesome.

Thank spiderfernandez
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

This beautiful space is welcoming and engaging. A boat tour is highly recommended - dolphins, penguins and other marine life abound.

Thank bluesonwhyte
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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Worth the visit! Even with bad weather (which was the case for me) Visit Akaroa and it's little museum which was very interesting.

Thank Marie v
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traveller2148
August 1, 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
January 9, 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
January 6, 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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