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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” (100 reviews)
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“okains bay” (54 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

You have a great overview over Christchurch and the ocean. Great place to go for a walk, do some mountain biking and more.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Banks Peninsula is an interesting drive outside of Christchurch. You pass through farmland, around a lake, upon hilltops, and eventually down into harbor towns on the ocean. Ultimately, you end up in Akaroa, which is a quaint harbor town. You can grab lunch and/or...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking view and scenic drive: Two words define this place. Drive through was amazing and scenic. And when you reach the place; you will not go away for hours to enjoy breathtaking view

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must do in a visit to Christchurch if you have a day to spare. The ride over to Akaroa is spectacular and the small settlement of Akaroa doesn't disappoint. It's a pleasant stroll along the watrrfront with a good selection of shops and eating...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 9 June 2018

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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traveller2148
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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Ahnusiyah M
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.
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Speies
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
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