Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
(4.9/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We drove to Akaroa and went along the Summit Drive aka Tourist Road. It was quite twisty. The views were spectacular. The town of Akafoa was very nice. 
  • We stayed on the Peninsula for three days as we had time before our flight from Christchurch. To be honest it wasn't on our original route agenda, but we couldn't get further north due to Earthquake d...  more »
  • If in Christchurch then certainly worth spending some time driving around the Banks Peninsula; great scenery, Well worth an afternoon if the sun is shining ..