Availability Guide & Reviews
The great majority of our walkers book by using the online system provided by Bookit. Their availability guide provides you with both availability and price by date. To read recent online reviews from our walkers, please use the main menu link to bookit, not the Book now just above.
Making a Booking
To make a booking, first check our availability guide and choose an available booking date for your number and package. You only need to have the start date available (this includes the other days/nights on either package). From there either continue with online booking, or send an e-mail enquiry to our office.
Check your start and Finish dates
Your booking start date is the date of your 5.45pm bus pick-up.
You start walking the day after.
This means you need two or four days following your start night, depending on walk chosen.
From next season (Oct 2017 - Apr 2018) the current 4 day option will be replaced by a 3 day option.
2017/18 Season - The New Route.
Next season the route will be unchanged until you leave Stony Bay at the start of day 3. From Stony Bay, instead of heading round the coast and then up the Otanerito Valley, walkers will follow the Armstrong Valley track inland to the Stony Bay Saddle and then rejoin the Purple Peak Track down into Akoroa as they do today. The total walk will be about 27km vs the current 35km.
The walk will therefore become a three night and three day experience, with a two day option.
The third day starts on the Armstrong farm - a lovely mixture of open valley, bush and creek. Walkers then enter Hinewai and pass through a variety of different areas of both regenerating and mature bush (not dissimilar to the current experience on day 4). Highlights include Kanuka, Tree Ferns and some glorious mature Red Beech with a mixed understory of “too many natives to mention”. Parts of this track follow the route taken by the early settlers travelling between Akoroa and Stony Bay.
To get a sense of the new Day 3 watch the 90 second Youtube video by clicking here.
All the usual optional extras - private room , sleeping bags, and pack cartage will be available. The walk will cost $260 pp. The season will run from 1st October 2017 to 1st May 2018. On line booking will be available from mid May. In the meantime we are taking bookings via email enquiries to Mafi at the office firstname.lastname@example.org.