The Beautiful Banks Peninsula

For anyone living in or visiting NZ I would strongly recommend a trip to Akaroa. The drive features some typical NZ treats – azure waters with rolling green hills complete (with plenty of sheep!) as the backdrop. A stop off at the Hilltop Cafe is a must not just for the friendly service, tasty craft beers and wood fired pizzas but to take in the view of Akaroa below. This time around we didn’t venture much into Akaroa centre but hiked around Duvauchelle, a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of town just before Akaroa. The Easter bunny seemed on top form and had given us some lovely sunshine to enjoy the views!

http://www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/greater-banks-peninsula-walks/
http://www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/akaroa-walks/

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Ngaio Point Walkway

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Lunch time stop off- can’t complain!

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View from the top of the walkway

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Quick walk in the Garden of Tane (pronounced Tar-Nay) – where the first settlers of Akaroa are buried, a lot of which were French and British

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Kauri tree planted to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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View from the Garden of Tane

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Next hike – en route to the Onawe Peninsula and Maori Pa

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Maori Pa – a fort previously used by the Maori to spy potential intruders

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Pa from the base

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A little bit steep in areas!

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Views from the top of the Pa loop just before  the clouds rolled in (and then rolled away again shortly after!)

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Amazing colours and patterns of the Pa up close

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Perfect end to the perfect day at Hilltop Cafe!

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Eyeing up my beer!

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