Banks Peninsula is packed with natural beauty. For breathtaking views over the peninsula's bays and beaches, take a drive along the Summit Road – the crater rim of the old volcano that formed Akaroa Harbour. Or lace up your walking shoes and explore on foot. There's a vast network of walking trails here, offering amazing views, rich displays of native bush and birdlife, and blissful peace and quiet.
Spend some time exploring the peninsula's outer bays. The sparkling waters and dramatic coastline of Banks Peninsula are home to a host of marine life including the world's smallest and rarest dolphin - Hector's dolphin. Swim with these playful mammals for an unforgettable wildlife encounter.
A trip out on the water – by boat or sea kayak - could also reward you with sights of New Zealand fur seals, white-flippered penguins, little blue penguins, and scores of birdlife overhead. And on the shoreline lies the mainland's largest white-flippered penguin colony - the only penguin species endemic to Canterbury.
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