Banks peninsula

Banks Peninsula is the South Island's predominant volcanic feature with Akaroa and the older Lyttelton Harbour being the ancient craters. It was at that time, about 12 Million years ago, an island.

Three successive phases of Maori settlement took place on Banks Peninsula ending with Ngai Tahu.

Banks Peninsula was once 98% covered in forest and only 1% remained by 1920. The Maori removed out about 1/3 of the forest. After European settlement most bays had a saw mill in action to harvest the wood, enable more stock to be grazed and to enhance the value of land. The forests were generally of totara, kahikatea, matai and red beech. 15% of Banks Peninsula is now in regenerating bush and some lost species may be reintroduced such as the tui in 2008.

Two or three species of moa lived on Banks Peninsula, and some evidence suggests that kiwi were also present. Other species no longer present on included kakapo, takahe, pelicans, geese, swans, nightjars, stout legged wrens, saddleback, kokako, pio pio, kakariki, NZ thrush, robins, kaka. In addition, large populations of sea birds have been lost from the peninsula or become extinct in relatively recent times.

Bank Peninsula having originally been an island for so long had its own endemic species such as the Banks Peninsula Sun Hebe, Akaroa Daisy, and Akaroa Weta.

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Okains Bay Banks Peninsula New Zealand Banks Peninsula

Okain's Bay

Not far from Menzie's Bay

Birdlings Flat Banks Peninsula New Zealand Birdlings Flat Banks Peninsula New Zealand
Birdlings Flat
Birdlings Flat
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Okains Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Okain's Bay
Menzies Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Not far from Menzie's Bay
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Menzie's Bay
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Near Menzie's Bay. Built on a flood plane.
Raupo Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand

Near Raupo Bay

Raupo Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Raupo Bay
Little Akaloa Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand

Raupo Bay

Banks peninsula New Zealand
Little Akaloa Bay
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Near Raupo Bay
Menzies Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Little River Banks peninsula New Zealand
 
Banks peninsula New Zealand
Little River
Little River Banks peninsula New Zealand
Little River
Little River Banks peninsula New Zealand
Okains Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Little River
Okains Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Okain's Bay
Okains Bay Banks peninsula New Zealand
Okain's Bay
Okain's Bay
Lyttelton Scenic Reserve