"The blissfuly beautiful Banks Peninsula" Top 5 Page for this destination Akaroa by TheWanderingCamel
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The pretty little harbour town of Akaroa, the penisula's biggest settlement, may only be 85 km from Christchurch but it really is a world apart. The bay it sits on is formed by the drowned crater of an extinct volcano and the land around the town rises quite sharply to form a high ridge that rings the harbour before it falls away again to the sea in the tumble of wooded gullies, steep cliffs, waterfalls and deep inlets on the volcano's eroded outer rim.
Once British settlers began to arrive, Christchurch soon overtook Akaroa in size and importance and the town sank into quiet obscurity. This, as so often happens, proved to be to the advantage of the town as it left the quaint buildings and picturesque streets free from the zeal of developers, either Victorian or contemporary, and nowadays its historic charm is valued and preserved.
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