PENIN­SULA Banks Penin­sula is packed with nat­u­ral beauty and home to the largest colony of Lit­tle pen­guins on main­land NZ

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I n 2010 and 2011, Christchurch was rocked by a se­ries of dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes so it is a city with a big story to tell. To­day, Christchurch is in tran­si­tion from a city full of his­tory and beau­ti­ful old build­ings to the ris­ing of a new town from the rub­ble. With the re­build well un­der­way, it has much to of­fer the visi­tor and prom­ises great things to come. It will be a dif­fer­ent, but beau­ti­ful, safer bet­ter de­signed city in the fu­ture. Christchurch is also the gate­way to Banks Penin­sula, a spe­cial place of rugged vol­canic peaks and deeply in­dented coast­line and boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in New Zealand. It also boasts two beau­ti­ful har­bours cre­ated when two large, an­cient vol­canic craters were in­vaded by the sea. Akaroa har­bour, in par­tic­u­lar, is billed as the jewel in the crown of Can­ter­bury, and be­ing only 1 1/2 hour's drive from Christchurch, is

con­sid­ered Christchurch's play­ground. Akaroa is a de­light­ful his­toric vil­lage with a very French flavour, a le­gacy of its French her­itage. Nes­tled right at the water’s edge with a back­drop of high craggy peaks, it is one of the most pic­turesque towns in New Zealand. There are many good eater­ies and top qual­ity res­tau­rants along


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