Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

(4.8/5 based on 850+ 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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  • Banks peninsula has lots of back roads which wind there way around the rim of the extinct volcano. Great for motorcycling, cycling or just viewing in the car. There are lots of little bays where you c...  more »
  • It was a gorgeous Sunday,calm. Stopped at Little River Gallery on the way. which is so interesting. Great food & coffee Arrived in Akaroa. Lovely place to walk around & good cafes/restaurants & accomo...  more »
  • Travel safely on this winding and hilly trip. Amazing scenery and sea views. Many native trees and ferns can be seen. Akaroa it a key destination - quite "touristy" but try the fabulous fish and chips...  more »