Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula
4.5
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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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Michael C
Derby, UK1,980 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
Within an easy drive from Christchurch, this is a very beautiful area, especially as you approach Akaroa. The road winds across the hills in a series of zigzags with great view all around. Little River is a great place to stop along the way.
Written 30 November 2023
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Tim K
110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
driving out to Akora was a very nice,, if curvy, ride. with good views over many beaches and coves. The actual towns were not as interesting, and the "French" aspect seemed over hyped.
Written 17 April 2023
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HahnTravels
Liverpool, Australia1,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Beautiful bays, walks and wildlife. Highly recommended. Drive carefully please as some of the roads are narrow and up high. This makes for fantastic views of course.
Okains Bay, Little Akaloa down to Akaroa itself, worth the trip - walk or drives!
Written 19 December 2022
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Taurus Travellers
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Did round trip of Okains Bay, Little Akaloa & surrounds.
Stunning scenery & makes us appreciate how beautiful Banks Peninsula & NZ is, we are very privileged to live in such an amazing country
Written 3 December 2022
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anne5656
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
So many walks and hikes on the peninsula from 10 minutes to 3 days. Just Google Banks Peninsula walks for more information.
Written 13 October 2022
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand2,456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Banks Peninsula
Amazing views.
Great trip to make when in CHC for a few days if you have time for a look.

Would be best to have an over night there to enjoy it that little bit more.
 
You could camp or stay in an Air B&B etc.

It is a short drive in terms of kilometres to get there but the roads are very winding so takes a bit of time to get there. For example takes about 1.5 hours to go 90km.
The main township there is Akaroa, which is stunning.

There is a dolphin cruise from Akaroa, plus plenty of cafes, day walks, a cheese factory, winery, golf course and animal parks there to enjoy.
Highly recommend.
Written 25 May 2022
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macpeanuts
Singapore, Singapore67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Stunning from start to finish.
This was the third walk I did this month after the Heaphy and Rakiura tracks. All Very different and offering different landscapes and challenges. This was absolutely delightful and charming.
The accomodation was unique, quirky, clean and comfortable with everything you need and options for all types of traveller.
The walk itself offered stunning views, beautiful bush, waterfalls, swimming holes, long comfortable stretches and a few challenges and uphill climbs, all the wildlife and farmlife to satisfy every interest.
Can not recommend this walk highly enough. Perfect for a two or three day hiking option in a stunning part of the country free of crowds and busy walkways.
Written 12 April 2021
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Michele
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Visit the Summit Rd for a wonderful experience looking over Christchurch, the plains and the Southern Alps as well as Lyttelton Harbour. Have a great coffee at the Sign of the Kiwi.
Written 19 December 2020
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Naina-Damani
London, UK999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Banks Peninsula is of volcanic origin on the east coast. It comprises of two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves. Great for photography.
Written 14 December 2020
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Fergus P
Christchurch, New Zealand160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
So scenic, and largely ‘untouched’. For lunch/dinner, in Akaroa (wharf area) ‘La Thai’ is run by a genuine Thai family and the food is delicious.
Written 2 September 2020
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