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Little bays in Akaroa Peninsula
Banks Peninsula is situated in the South Island, in the east of the Canterbury region. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it separates the bays of Canterbury and Pegasus. The peninsula is a huge old volcano without activity, which has a natural harbour in its crater. There are lots of hills and pastures with abundant gorse, and its inner bay a perfect refuge for the French and British whalers.
S 43º 45' 00''
E 173º 00' 00''
It is the largest volcanic formation of the South Island. Geologically, the peninsula comprises the eroded remains of two large volcanoes Lyttelton formed first, then Akaroa and Mount Herbert smaller Volcanic Group. They formed approximately between 11 to 8 million years ago (Miocene) in a continental crust. The peninsula came to have in the beginning, peaks up to 1500 m. The nutrient-rich volcanic soil makes its flora and underwater habitats are of great wealth.
- It is recommended go to Akaroa by the Summit Road.
- There are very beautiful small bays, highlighting the Pigeon
- You can hire kayaks to skirt the coast in the town of Akaroa.