Sheila & Terry's New Zealand special holiday travel blog

Akaroa harbour from the top of the Lavericks. Terry admiring the view...

The Banks peninsula is very hilly with a hugh sea inlet/harbour in the middle. It has been created like the Otago harbour from the crater of a hugh volcano but is much bigger and higher than the Otago peninsula. In fact there are three inlets created by three craters that are linked together to make the Banks peninsula all surrounded by an arc of hills.

There is a summit road which goes along the arc ridge round the main harbour from which you get great views and the prospective of the volcanic origin of the harbour and surrounding mountains. We had a lovel cycle along part of this summit road ...having cheated and taken the bikes up on the campervan!

We also climbed the highest mountain on the peninsular for 360 degree views from the top...again from the summit road so it was not too bad!

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