Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

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Explore the picturesque Banks Peninsula and its rich plant and animal life via a plethora of well-maintained walking, driving, and cycling routes. Jutting out from South Island's east coast, this conglomeration of bays and coves was formed by volcanic eruptions many millions of years ago. Extend your visit by craft-shopping in small villages that dot its hills. The seaside town of Akaroa, once a French settlement, is particularly popular and has retained a distinctly European feel. If you're lucky, you may spot some of Hector's dolphins cresting the nearby waters: found only in New Zealand, this is the smallest and one of the rarest dolphin species. To visit Banks Peninsula and other attractions in Christchurch, use our Christchurch trip maker app .
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 driv...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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