A trip through the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa

Unique and inimitable places

In this article, we want to talk about two impressive places: the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Both are located on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Please, find below more specific information of each place.

The Banks Peninsula and Akaroa

This territory, also known as Horomaka, offers spectacular landscapes and a very attractive nature.  It is shaped like a wheel, caused by two volcanic eruptions that took place over 8 million years ago. Certainly, Akaroa is the most important point of the Banks Peninsula.

What to do in the Banks Peninsula? 

  • The Summit Road: it is one of the most famous roads in New Zealand. The tour allows you to visualize the shape of the entire Banks Peninsula. It is important to drive with caution.
  • Bath with white-headed dolphins: there are agencies that organize activities with dolphins.
  • Christchurch Akaroa Road: you will use this road to reach Akaroa.

What to do in Akaroa? 

This town is known for being the first French settlement in New Zealand. Once there, we recommend taking a walk through the town center, touring Rue Jolie and Beach Road, visiting the Akaroa lighthouse and kayaking in the Pohatu Marine Reserve.

On the other hand, if you want to taste their typical and traditional food, you can go to Murphy’s On The Corne Restaurant or The Trading Rooms Restaurant and Pantry.

It is true that this area does not offer as many activities or tourist attractions as other places in New Zealand, but it is perfect to enjoy a few relaxing days.

In conclusion, the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa are two of the most beautiful parts of the country. For this reason, we encourage you to visit them.

If you finally decide to organize a trip, don’t forget to get an eTA for New Zealand. It is important to apply for an eTA before travelling NZ.

New Zealand eTA application