An April 2006 trip
to Christchurch by TazzyJ
Quote: Sampling the delights of New Zealand's South Island... scenery unrivalled anywhere in the world.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2006
Orana Wildlife Park
McLeans Island Road
Christchurch, New Zealand 8005
+64 (3) 359 7109
First sighted in Captain James Cook's first voyage past New Zealand, Banks peninsula was named by Cook after the Endeavour's botanist, Joseph Banks. A thriving whaling colony in the 1830s, the peninsular was heavily deforested by early European Settlers.
The peninsular is accessible by road into Akaroa or through the tunnel to Lyttleton harbour. Akaroa still has a lot of ties to its French heritage and is a delightful place to visit.
A good way of viewing the peninsular is from the gondola which has amazing views to the North and South. There is also a company which runs tramps across the Banks peninsular track, exploring this amazing geological masterpiece from locations otherwise inaccessible.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Auckland, United Kingdom