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“little river”(98 reviews)
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“okains bay”(53 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went there just to visit Hinewai Reserve but without good signposting couldn't find it. So we just did a walk around Arkaroa and then drove the tourist drive. We stopped so many times for photos. I honestly feel we could spend a few days...More

Thank New_South_Woodies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So close to Christchurch, yet couldn't be further away as an experience. Beautiful 'french village', plenty of things to do on the water and trekkiing through the hills, or just great for coffee and food. On the way there, don't forget Little river; great gallery.

1  Thank E2489NEronb
Reviewed 7 August 2018

So much to do. Akaroa..quaint French town. Hilltop Tavern. Great food but indifferent service, overall worth a visit. Lots of littlebays all the way around. Take the Summit Rd from Hilltop for fantastic views.

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Reviewed 6 August 2018

Stunning view of Akaroa and surrounds at top of hill before heading down to township. Lovely spot and plenty of nice eating places

Thank a1job
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We use the Akaroa - Christchurch Rd every couple of months in the summer and love the trip knowing we will be in our piece of paradise as soon as we reach Akaroa. There are so many interesting things to see along the way and...More

Thank GarthR81
Reviewed 25 July 2018

I have been to banks Peninsula quite a few times, ranging from day trips to training courses. The best experience I have had was sleeping in the car and waking up to the view over one of the bays in the morning.

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Best to visit ere in Summer as the draw card is the water - lots of beautiful bays with plenty of things to do in the sea eg swim, kayak, yacht, wildlife tours etc. We went in winter and many things were closed, but still...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

A lovely scenic drive out of Christchurch. Good for walking, eating or just as a destination on its own. Lovely little spots like Little River and Akaroa to visit. Recommended for all ages.

Thank Travels_No_Baggage
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The road to Akaroa from Christchurch is good. Coffee and Food at Tai Tapu cafe and Little River cafe is stunning. The gallery at Little River has great things for the tourist or local. The views from the hill Top are amazing.

Thank catlovers2017
Reviewed 10 July 2018

An area of great beauty with a variety of options with many walking tracks and great restaurants. Lots of activities in Akaroa including water based from marine watch to sailing and canoes. Often local production at the theater as well as a small cinema. Only...More

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2 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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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