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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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“little river” (95 reviews)
“day trip” (83 reviews)
“okains bay” (52 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When I'm in Christchurch this is a place I always visit. It is like the waiheke island of Christchurch. Once you are over the hill you are on holiday 😀

Thank greggo1976
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a car at Akaroa (Akaroa car hire). The roads and very windy but there isnt much traffic on the west side. We went to isolated Le Bons bay and Okains bay. Both have parking next to the bay and have picturesque little beach...More

Thank Martin J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drove down from Christchurch - allow the 1.5 hours recommended because a lot of people drive very slowly on the winding roads (trucks and trailers will pull over for you but tourists and sunday drivers won't). There are good views of the turquoise waters...More

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place but needs care. Easy to park your car and walk forgetting that its miles of windy trails, very hot in summer and freezing cold in winter with some snow. Take water, there is not much around. Best to head to...More

Thank SeventhDayEdenChurch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great with friends, family or all alone. Bring a camera. Okains Bay has a fantastic campground and swimming. Akaroa is a little slice of provincial France. Barry'sBay Cheese, Charteris Bay is closer to Christchurch and has a fairly nice beach.

Thank Tiffany C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This peninsula is a definite must. The views are amazing, especially if you drive the summit road one way (either to Akaroa or back from it). Akaroa is a French inspired village which is a bit touristy but worth a stop. But if you have...More

Thank Tiara2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had one of my most impressive nights there, when I have seen the aurora australis. There is also one of the best Maori history museum in NZ

Thank joehl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Im not Cantabrian by birth but a Taranaki girl. But My forebears arrived in Akaroa in the 1840s as part of the original French Settlement so I Could be biased. I have worked there, lived there and now visit whenever I can. The views from...More

Thank joyandpoppy
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Banks Peninsula should be enjoyed over several days or at the very least a weekend. There's much to see and do and if you're driving you could potentially cover hundreds of kilometres. Wonderful food like Barry's Bay cheeses, quaint restaurants, wine, cooking schools and so...More

Thank Old V
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Be prepared for a scary descent down in to Akaroa, made moreso by the numerous full-sized coaches ferrying cruise ship passengers into Christchurch for the day. Those passengers who stayed in Akaroa added to the character of the place and in no way inhibited you...More

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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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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