Banks Peninsula was once an island. Maori myths and legends are in the caves on the side of cliff in banks peninsula. Great white sharks visit in the summer.
Banks Peninsula became tied to the canterbury plains middle of the east Coast of the South Island. there is more rain and less frost at the Canterbury Plains.
three successive phases of Maori tribe settlement Took place on the Peninsula. Waitaha were the first settlers, followed by kati mamoe, and then ngai Tahu took over in the 17th century.
The crew of captain James cook became the first Europeans to sight the Peninsula he came on a very large sail ship.
The two volcanoes were active more than 250,000 years before christ. Akaroa is the largest volcano the highest point is mount Herbert that looks over lyttelton harbour.
Yellow eyed penguins live down on the bay. In 40 to 50 years time the yellow eyed penguin might become extinct. scientist are trying to find what will make the penguin extinct.