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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  • The peninsula itself can be a day trip from Christchurch. Windy roads some people get car sick. The views and scenery are beautiful! Akaroa is a small village near the end of the road.  more »
  • We drove this road when we came back from Akaroa, the road leads along a number of beautiful bays and meanders over the hills and through the valleys. At low tide there are wading birds on the salt ma...  more »
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