Banks Peninsula is an area to the south east of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. It is about an hours drive from the city centre to Hilltop Lookout Point and well worth stopping here for the view. There is a sign saying “You are standing on the rim of a volcano. In front of you is the flooded crater that forms Akaroa Harbour. Explore peaceful inlets and sandy bays, walk through ancient forests and immerse yourself in the history of Banks Peninsula.” The small town of Akaroa is on the far right of the harbour here. The land jutting out into the harbour is Ōnawe Peninsula. The site of a former pā (a Māori village) besieged in 1832. On the far left of the harbour is Duvauchelle Bay.