Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

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Geologic Formation
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 on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch tourist route planner.
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  • Headed up and rode through the closed section of the Summit Road. It is just amazing and well worth the trip. Indeed The whole Summit Road and banks peninsula is phenomenal and one of my most favourit...  more »
  • We spend three weeks in Diamond Harbour and loved every minute of it. The drive in and out is spectacular and there are lots of good walks to get you out in the fresh air. Secluded bays abound. And it...  more »
  • The Banks Peninsula is a must visit when in Christchurch - either as a day trip, weekend or extended getaway - and caters for singles, couples or family groups. Lots of varying accomodation to suit an...  more »