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A Look Around Banks Peninsula

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With the West Coast getting a hiding with wind and rain this was the Kaikoura Coast.
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I turned left at Cheviot and into Gore Bay.Take the left branch of Stonyhurst Rd across the cattle stop.
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Hurunui River Mouth. Be careful with your speed on the gravel and dirt, cattle and sheep wander free across the roads, I was glad of the extra pair of undies in my kit.
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Motunui River Mouth. From here its back onto the main road and on to Christchurch.
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After an over night in Akaroa it was up onto Light house Rd. Akaroa Heads looking into Flea Bay.
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Flea Bay. The road is 4x4 only. Its steep so I ditched my saddle bags at the top.
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Looking into Akaroa Harbour from the top of Lighthouse Rd.
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Lavericks Bay, this is a dead end.
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Road down into Little Akaloa Bay. From here I found the road on to Summit Rd was closed and I had to back track 20k.
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Easily worth a return visit.

Banks Peninsular is a huge area and time was against me covering all of it. I would suggest you familiarise yourself with the road layout before you get there as time can be wasted back tracking. It will defiantly be on my list for a return visit.

JimmyPatch
Author of this article: JimmyPatch
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