Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

4.9
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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  • Beautiful French Settlement buildings dating back to 1800's so much to do - walking tracks, swim with dolphins harbour cruise shopping old Historic buildings local cuisine including wines and cheeses ...  more »
  • I did this on Sunday for the first time in 35 years. Its 6-7hrs return and the walk starts on the track leading to the beach at Diamond Harbour. The start of the walk is through bush and crosses over ...  more »
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