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 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 wished we had more time in Akaroa. It is beautiful, and peaceful, even with all the tourists. We loved going out to see the wildlife with Coastal Up Close, and highly recommend that excursion. The ...  more »
  • The banks peninsula is rugged, and in summer very dry. If you drive over it via the, well signposted, scenic route, you get greeted by view after view. Absolutely a " to do" if you are going for a dri...  more »
  • We drove to Akaroa and did a harbor boat tour, seeing both Hector's dolphins and blue penguins, along with a few fur seals. Then we returned via the summit road (aka Tourist Drive) for some spectacula...  more »