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Our top 10 most popular itineraries

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Motels

21 day Classic New Zealand

21 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

The Essence of New Zealand

14 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Luxury 23 day Grand Explorer

23 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

The 9 day Essential South Island

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

13 day Southern Family Adventure

13 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

The Classic 9 day Southern Alps Circuit

9 days starting in Queenstown, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

18 Day Forests and Coasts Walking Experience

18 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Hotel 4 star

17 day Essential Golf New Zealand

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

9 Day Upper South Island Rail Experience

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

 

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

The Banks Peninsula lies just around 1 hour from Christchurch City centre. Formed by ancient volcanic eruptions the regions first settlers were Maori who recognised its potential for shelter and food. The sealers and whalers followed them and European colonists founded and settled Akaroa, Little River and Lyttelton and many of the Peninsula's other bays. Abounding with wildlife and history it's a great place to spend the day exploring.

The jewel is Akaroa which lies just over 70 kilometres from central Christchurch and the drive to this picturesque harbour town is a wonderful experience in itself as it can either take you via the port of Lyttelton and along the bays or over the Summit Road of the Port Hills.

The well signposted tourist routes will guide you on a loop around the peninsula and through some spectacular and rugged farmland scenery. As you approach the small settlement of Duvauchelle you are greeted by New Zealand's oldest hotel.

The town of Akaroa has rather a French feel with many flags flying and cottages and streets with distinctly non-kiwi names. The reason being that 63 Frenchmen arrived here to settle the Banks Peninsular under the French Flag only to find the British had beaten them by 5 days. Their influence on architecture combined with a Victorian sea side feel make the town a delightful place to spend an afternoon. There are many activities such as nature cruises and swimming with dolphins.


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