Car Rental Christchurch – Explore The Banks Peninsula

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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The excellent thing about travelling in New Zealand is how many different locations there are to explore within easy reach of the main centres. Just outside Christchurch lies the Banks Peninsula, an outcrop of land that is home to many different bays, each with their own unique little townships and character. An entire holiday could be devoted to sampling them all, or you could use your Christchurch car rental to make day trips to one or two of these fantastic locations.

Banks Peninsula Highlights

The largest and most famous bay is Akaroa, about 90 minutes from Christchurch. This is New Zealand’s only French settlement, and still contains an authentic French flavour. Full of cafes, arts and crafts stores and charming cottages, Akaroa is a sweet and romantic getaway destination. Dolphin watching and fishing trips also leave from the local wharf. There are also a number of vineyards in the area within easy reach with your rental car. If you’re looking for a rustic retreat, Tree Crop Farm is a unique experience, offering a series of intimate cabins set among beautiful gardens, featuring cosy fires, outdoor baths, candles and big brass beds. Some units have electricity and bathrooms and others are completely off the grid.

From Akaroa you can drive up to the Summit Road, from which all the smaller bays are accessed. Le Bons Bay is a small, private village with a pretty beach and lots of sleepy batches, whereas Okains Bay contains a family camping ground and more adventurous activities. Most of these bays will have either no or limited shops, so grab some supplies from the Four Square in Akaroa to keep you fed and watered throughout the day.

On the way back, Diamond Harbour is a pretty town which is an ideal location for a picnic or BBQ and a swim in the bay. Follow the road around the Bays to discover great family friendly swimming spots and easy walks (try Governors Bay, Rapaki Bay, Cass Bay or Corsair Bay). Finally, stop off in the quaint port town of Lyttelton, a friendly community with funky cafes and an excellent farmers market that takes place on Saturdays. When you depart Lyttelton you can drive your car rental back to central Christchurch through the 2km long Lyttelton Tunnel which burrows its way through the Port Hills.

Car Rental Christchurch

If you’re looking for an affordable Christchurch car rental to transport you to the Banks Peninsula, look no further than our new Christchurch rental car depot just a few minutes from the Airport. We have a large selection of rental cars, vans and minibuses for all your Christchurch travel needs and budgets.

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