WHERE TO STAY AND WHERE TO GO

The Peninsula has a mixed assortment of accommodation, from budget to luxurious, from bush settings to farm stays, from Main Street to remote hilltops. And when it comes to how to pass the time, you can take a quiet and gentle walk or a more ambitious tramp. You can visit museums, gather gemstones from the beach, swim with dolphins or see penguins, all in their natural habitat.


silostay Accomodation


Your time at SiloStay gives you an unsullied opportunity to seek and discover personal introspection – to come to understand what renowned Guru Karisma Barack said to be “the vision of one’s inner self, declothed of societies convoluted outer sheath.”

At SiloStay this vision is free and we believe the physically round silo only serves to heighten awareness of this personal search. Seek Joy, wherever you may find her.

Contact: Stuart Wright-Stow
Main Road, Little River

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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises


Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting.

Contact: Natalie
03 3047 641
PO Box 23, Akaroa

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Swimming With Dophins


Black Cat’s Dolphin Swimming adventure allows only 12 swimmers per vessel, so you’ll have more chances to come face to face with the dolphins. With only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, cruises are frequently sold out, which makes it essential for you to book in advance. You must be at least 8 years old to swim and chidren between 8 – 12 inclusive must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Natalie
03 3047 641
PO Box 23, Akaroa

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Onuku Farm Hostel, Akaroa Backpackers


PARADISE (with free Wifi)! Charming farmhouse accommodation & tranquil campground with stargazers, huts & tent sites. Hot showers, fully-equipped kitchens, BBQ facilities, pizza oven. Separate, purpose-built van park for campervans. Beautiful walks on 260ha with stunning coastal farmland, swimming beach, & bush scenery. Free fishing rods, bicycle hire, & pick up from AK. Kayak rentals $40pp. SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS trips – max 6 persons, from $110. Closed May-Oct. onuku.co.nz!

Contact: Jeff Hamilton, Akaroa

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SKYTRACK Onuku Farm Hostel, Akaroa Backpackers


Contact: Cathy, Manager
03 304 7066
P.O. Box 50, Akaroa

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Little River Cottage


Set at the beginning of the Huka Huka Toroa Reserve, the largest private covenant on banks peninsula. New Zealand’s nature is right on your door step.

We live and breath little river life and being part of the community is essential, our extensive knowledge of the surrounding area will enable your travels to take you to the place where locals go.

Our ‘fresh’ approach starts with the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Sandra’s speciality Ciabatta is baked fresh everyday and you will enjoy the spoils of locally produced accompaniments.

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Duvauchelle Holiday Park


We are one of the Holiday Parks on the peninsula situated on the water’s edge. Two large level terraces have powered and non-powered sites. 3 standard cabins have superb views of the harbour.

Neighborhood shopping, hotel, garage, great 12 hole golf course and Barrys Bay cheese factory are nearby.

An ideal base for visiting all the beautiful bays on the peninsula and doing some of the wonderful activities available, (walking, mountain bike riding, kayaking, etc).

Contact:
duvauchelleholidaypark@hotmail.com
03 3045 777
Chch to Akaroa Highway, Devauchelle

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Okuti Garden eco-stay


People come to Okuti Garden for many different reasons. They come here to create or learn or play or just to relax and enjoy the birdsong and peacefulness of the Middle Okuti. Your hosts are Janie, Jim and Sol. Our ‘mission’ is to create lovely spaces for creating and playing, and to provide clean, comfortable, affordable accommodation. We are eco-friendly, child friendly and vegetarian friendly. Just friendly, actually! You can stay in a yurt, house truck, earth brick studio or farmhouse, all set out around ponds and streams, fruit and nut trees, meadows, woods and organic vege gardens on the sunny side of the lovely Okuti Valley. If you want to offer a workshop or organize a gathering or retreat then the studio, marquee or one of the yurts can be set up for you to use.

Contact: Jim and Jane Mullins
Okuti Valley Road, Little River

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The Bone Dude's


– The opportunity to create your own unique symbol of your time in New Zealand.
– History of bone carving in New Zealand.
– Opportunity to learn about bone carving as an artform.
– Fun, safe, non threatening, enjoyable
– No experience needed.

Finished product better than most carvings available commercially.
Short three hour sessions.
Warm, inviting and interesting environment.

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Koromiko, Farmstay, Little River


This is the original farmhouse. It was built during the mid nineteenth century, but has been completely modernised, with a new kitchen, log burner and twin bathrooms, one with claw foot bath. Its view is down Lake Forsythe (Wairewa).
The home retains much of the atmosphere that a nineteenth century farmhouse might have had, but has been completely renovated to provide every modern amenity – showers, log burner, claw foot bath, new kitchen with range, hob and dishwasher and wireless internet. All linen is supplied, bedrooms are separately heated, and beds have electric blankets.

Contact: Marie McFarland
03 325 1954
PO Box 38, Little River

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Snowberry, Farmstay, Little River


Snowberry is a home in miniature. It features a loft bed, with a lounging area beneath. The bathroom and kitchen are new, containing a microwave oven, cooking utensils, toaster, kettle, etc., and an inbuilt washing machine. Heating is electric, and the queen-sized bed has an electric blanket.

Contact: Marie McFarland
03 325 1954
PO Box 38, Little River

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Alpaca Experience, Akaroa


Shamarra Alpaca farm is located in Akaroa, a small historic harbour town, a one hour drive from Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and a hands on, interactive alpaca farm tour. Their alpaca shop carries an exclusive range alpaca products, all in natural colours.

Contact:
info@shamarraalpacas.co.nz
328 Wainui Main Road, French Farm

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Maori & Colonial Museum, Okains Bay


The Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum is a must see destination on Banks Peninsula. Originally started as the private collection of Maori artifacts collected by a local resident, in 1968, the disused Okains Bay Cheese Factory was purchased and after many years of renovation, opened as a public Museum in 1977. Since that time, it has steadily grown to house many historic remnants of Okains Bay and the Banks Peninsula region.

Contact: Murray Thomas
Main Road, Okains Bay

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Bernadette's Retreat, Little River B&B


– Standalone accommodation and NOW added Boutique Cinema
– One Super King Bed splits to two Super Singles
– Electric blankets/woolrests
– Extra accommodation in main house if required for families etc.
– Ensuite bathroom caters for disabled
Wheelchair access
– Tea/Coffee making facility
– No TV in B&B but welcome to view in house
– Free WiFi
– Breakfast as per guests’ requests especially any ‘special’ dietary requirements
– Evening meals can be arranged by request 24hrs prior to arrival (Little River cafes close at 5pm so no evening meals available there)
– Airport pickups can be arranged for extra fee

Contact:
hartleybernadette@gmail.com
Main Road, Cooptown

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The Twisted Ngaio, Little River B&B


Twisted Ngaio is a Bed and Breakfast located in picturesque Little River, with a superb panoramic view out over the valley. Two ensuite rooms, with a separate TV, entertainment room where you can enjoy your amazing berry filled breakfast.

Breakfast is something to look forward to when staying at The Twisted Ngaio, a delicious selection of in-season berries with homemade yogurt and fruit on cereal (fresh cow’s milk). Followed by either full cooked bacon and eggs or if you prefer berry filled pancakes.

Contact: Vannessa & Shaun
Main Road, Cooptown

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Chez La Mer Backpackers, Akaroa


Chez La Mer Backpackers is charming, historic and homely. Our large private garden setting is an oasis for weary travelers. There are three well-equipped kitchens (free herbs and spices), a lounge, dining room and sun porch. We have a queen room, double rooms, twin rooms, a triple room, and five and four bed dorms.

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Fox II Sailing Adventures


Sail with the dolphins in the crater of an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s oldest gaffed rigged ketch and enjoy the wildlife of Akaroa Harbour up close. Relax and soak up the sun, sea and hills or take part as one of the crew. See Hectors dolphins, yellow-eyed and blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, albatross and other sea birds. Be surrounded by giant volcanic sea cliffs, caves and rock formations along the journey. A guaranteed highlight of your trip that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Contact:
c/- Chez La Mer
Adventures, 50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 8061

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French Peak Wines


Run organically and Biodynamically by French Vigneron, Renan Cataliotti, to respect our soil and craft the best Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Rose from our very unique and special terroir

Contact: Heidi
Cellar door is open for tastings and sales at 79 French Farm Valley road, French Farm, Akaroa​

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Little River Campground


Your gateway to Banks Peninsula. Affordable accommodation close to Akaroa. Peaceful riverside sites for nature lovers. Ideal for families and Banks Peninsula’s only dog friendly campground. Great for tents, backpackers and their vans. Only 1 hour from CHCH Airport on flat easy roads.

Contact: Marcus & Megan Puenter
Okuti Valley Road, Little River

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Phyto Farm


Phytofarm is a medicinal plant farm dedicated to the growing and practical use of herbal medicine. This is where healing plants, kitchen pharmacy meet and medicine making begins.

Contact: Valmai Becker
166 Okuti Valley Road, Little River

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Christchurch Attractions


Contact: Bridgitte Dunn-Breen
021 799 290
PO Box 872, Christchurch 8140

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Top 10 Holiday Park


Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park has self contained studios and units, plus cabins and a full range of park facilities, including a swimming pool, adventure playground and a trampoline. There are spectacular views over the beautiful Akaroa harbour and it is within walking distance of the village, where you can enjoy the many and varied activities on offer. The Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park has everything you need for a memorable stay.

Contact: 96 Morgans Road, Akaroa

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