Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • So lucky to have this just a hop and a skip from Christchurch. Take time to explore all the different wee bays cafes and walks on the way. A definite day trip!!!  more »
  • An absolutely lovely area with stunning views and is definetely a must see if nearby. We took a trip out from Christchurch and spent a few hours in Akoroa. A small town with a strong French connection...  more »
  • Wonderful day trip to Akaroa with is about 1 hr drive from Christchurch City. It was recommended by the Hotel host. We are luck to have a rental car, so we take our own sweet time to stops at Little R...  more »

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