Banks Peninsula, Christchurch

4.6
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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  • We recently joined a tour operated by Canterbury Leisure Tours, from Akaroa to Christchurch return. Scotty our driver was brilliant. He had so much knowledge of the area and interacted with his passen...  more »
  • It's really worth going along the Banks Peninsula if you want to have the right balance of mountains and water surrounding you. Lots of place to stop and just enjoy yourself.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
  • 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.
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