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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Going to Akaroa? Take the sign posted 'Tourist Drive' route as opposed to the coast road. The views over the whole bay are just simply stunning. The roads are steep and narrow in some places so watch the blind corners

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 7 December 2016

As this is a part of the South Island I don't work in, it was the perfect place to go to chill out and smell the roses. Plea to to see and do, great food places. Well worth taking the time to make the effort....More

Thank comm-traveler
Reviewed 4 December 2016

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

Thank Ryan C
Reviewed 21 November 2016

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...More

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 19 November 2016

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...More

Thank BrisbaneSwanny_23
Reviewed 19 November 2016

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...More

Thank thomaswkenyon
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Ed T
Reviewed 17 November 2016

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...More

Thank JacobB108
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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...More

Thank Sag_Dragon
Reviewed 15 November 2016 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...More

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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