Banks Peninsula


Perhaps one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets is the Banks Peninsula. Just a short drive or bus ride from Christchurch, it isn’t too hard to get to an amazing part of the country’s South Island. I learnt of Akaroa, a town on the peninsula, from a fellow backpacker, who had swam with dolphins there. I decided to check it out myself and stayed at Onuku Farm Hostel, a working sheep farm, for a few days. Initially booked only two nights, but ended up staying four. I loved it so much. The hostel organises the dolphin swim tours themselves. It was awesome not having the masses of tourists around so I could see the Hector’s dolphins comfortably in their natural habitat.

I took this photo at Onuku Farm Hostel from one of their paddocks where the owner has set up a volleyball net. I don’t know if they still do it, but when I was there, you could play volleyball at 6  PM every day. I suck at playing volleyball, but the vibe was cool and it didn’t matter if you were good or not. What mattered was having a great time with fellow backpackers. And I did! 🙂 Another big bonus was that at the end of the day, the setting sun would colour the hills golden. Beautiful!

Published by Alive and Trekking

Dreamer. Adventurer. Traveller. Geek. Idealist. Nature. New Zealand, Nordic countries and the Arctic.

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