Banks Peninsula sticks out from the greater Christchurch area kinda like a big lollipop that’s been nibbled on a bit. It’s the remant of several volcanoes, and its Summit Road, following the contours of the largest volcano’s rim, is supposedly very scenic. I wouldn’t know. Both days I was on the peninsula, the fog was broken only occasionally… by mist and cloud.
Akaroa, the main town on the peninsula, actually was settled by French people, who were apparently a little slow to declare the South Island for France, which might have led to some interesting geopolitics. The town is very touristy in a vaguely French way, but I couldn’t find either a decent fromagerie or creperie or, for that matter, a boulangerie, so really, what was the point?