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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  • August 14, 2017
    Ataahua (Maori for beautiful) A truly stunning landscape with heavenly inlets. Dolphins, seals and bird life abound here in this slice of paradise!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    A must visit area of the South Island, with many places of natural beauty. Governors Bay hotel, She cafe, Hilltop cafe, Akaroa's mosaic sculptures in The Giants Garden, Akaroa harbour tours, Okains Ba...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We love the area! Either going for a walk on the walking tracks or driving around is always enjoyable. Never have enough of the beautiful scenery. Just can't stop taking photos.  more »
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    Lived there for 64 years at French Farm and Watnui. P
  • July 21, 2017
    Beautiful!

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