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Banks Peninsula

Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The township has a hotel/pub, 2 cafes, a petrol station, art gallery, craft store and small museum. There are B&Bs, plus the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Road. They have affordable campervan parks with power, cabins and tentsites set beside a river. The southern bays have some of the best surf, if you know the secret spots as well as good, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail. It is a a place that is often over looked as tourists head to Akaroa. If you want to experience more than the usual, to get off the beaten track and really explore, ask at the craft station, which has an info centre.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Christchurch 7581, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful picturesque location with unique gift/clothing shops and loads of cafes/restaurants. The drive in was windy but beautiful and all the locals super friendly. We enjoyed an amazing harbour cruise with akaroa dolphins and had akaroa salmon and chips for lunch. Would highly recommend...More

Thank Chloe D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Headed up and rode through the closed section of the Summit Road. It is just amazing and well worth the trip. Indeed The whole Summit Road and banks peninsula is phenomenal and one of my most favourite areas in the world. Lots of hikes and...More

Thank bronimc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spend three weeks in Diamond Harbour and loved every minute of it. The drive in and out is spectacular and there are lots of good walks to get you out in the fresh air. Secluded bays abound. And it's not hard at all to...More

1  Thank AucklandPiwis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Banks Peninsula is a must visit when in Christchurch - either as a day trip, weekend or extended getaway - and caters for singles, couples or family groups. Lots of varying accomodation to suit any type of getaway and the quaint villages and views...More

Thank AlyDuff
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to do in Banks Peninsula, from a basic walk up the hills close and to Christchurch or a trip around to Taylor's Mistake and then a Godley heads walk. Cycling is fun with plenty of safe roads. You can do overnight...More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Wow! Truly amazing drive. Great to meander over to Akaroa, little French settlement. Superb cafes & restaurants to choose from. Worth a drive around Lyttleton too

1  Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Banks Peninsula is a volcanic outcrop which makes a welcome change to the flatness of the Canterbury Plain. There are two large (both ex volcanos) harbours, Akaroa and Lyttelton. Visit the more beautiful Akaroa (initially settled by French settlers) and its harbour bays (80km from...More

2  Thank Peter I
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This area is large with options + Small bays, harbors, farmland,forest, small villages with friendly people. For overseas visitors please note the roads are narrow and winding, with some unsealed, icy in winter, farm animals and locals. Be careful give yourself extra travel time.

Thank Adrianhamill
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I visited the Banks Peninsula through Canterbury Trails' Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour (3290AK). Lovely rural peninsula and charming town on the harbour. Be sure and check cruise ships' visits to Akaroa, which I had done, to avoid...More

Thank morequest
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The Banks Peninsula is so very beautiful, and there is no place else anything like it in New Zealand.

1  Thank annbarbieaim
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Ahnusiyah M
Hi We plan to do self drive from Admiral Hotel Christchurch to Mount Cook. Total 6 adults n 1 infant. can we know roughly the KM and also the petrol cost
9 January 2017|
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Response from peter_minchin | Reviewed this property |
Check with google map for exact tme, but this is an easy days drive. One I have often done.
Hi, we will arrive in Christchurch April 6th and are looking for a nice camping place for the first night or two and visit the Bank Peninsula. Would you recommend driving to BP with a campervan. We prefer a walk by foot cause first time in nzl and no route experience so far. What about Little River Campground as bivouac? Any other recommendations for a base camp. Cheers
6 January 2017|
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Response from Sally B | Reviewed this property |
We had a camper van for six weeks and really enjoyed our travels. We used a site on Banks Peninsular for our last couple of nights - Akaroa Top 10 site. Not cheap but very well catered and in a great position above the... More
Ajay M
Distance of Bank Peninsula from Christchurch
5 June 2016|
Response from LittleRiverCamp | Property representative |
Hi, The distance from the city to Banks Peninsula is less than 100km but it depends on which way you travel. The best I can suggest is using google maps. ie from the City to Little River Campground is only 45mins approx... More