Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
(4.8/5 based on 750+ 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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  • Lovely eateries and walks, native bush, very relaxing and extremely pretty. Has to be one of the more peaceful places on the planet, yet you don't feel you have fallen of the end of the earth. 
  • Akaroa is a great place where you can spend the whole day. There are many nice walks to do there! Enjoy! 
  • This is a most unusual and beautiful area with the rim of 3 ancient volcanoes surrounding 2 water filled calderas. The green hills and valleys are dotted with farms and the view in to each of the 2 ha...  more »