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 and other attractions in Christchurch, use our Christchurch trip maker app .
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  • The trip over the hill to Banks Peninsula is a great drive. The views when you hit the Hilltop Pub are absolutely breathtaking, even on a overcast day they are just unreal. We are so lucky to have suc...  more »
  • Took a mini bus trip to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula which included a visit to a cheese factory, the last one still there, for a sample taster. Akaroa has a many attractions,including some early sett...  more »
  • The drive to Akaroa on a blue sky day is pretty spectacular, pretty much all the way from Tai Tapu. After a coffee in the Little River cafe you get to the start of the hills, where the scenery is even...  more »
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  • Stunning view everywhere. This is an amazing peninsula and not far away from Christchurch. If you want to stop your car and take photos please be aware of the traffic. The road is not flat. I drove my car from Chuistchurch to the small town Akaroa in the early morning and enjoyed the view of Sunrise. It is really beautiful and peaceful. I believe you will love the drive. Cheers
  • Beautiful hiking trails, wildlife, green fields , the cliffs. I enjoyed hiking this area. New Zealand is my favorite country to visit, wish I could move there.
  • go for a morning drive around the summit road starting in akaroa. you could spend just the morning or all day depending on pace
  • Wonderful playground in our backyard
  • I’m going there on camp I might change it
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