Banks Peninsula Track ~ Four Day Walk
New Zealand's classic independent walk.
New Zealand's original private track prides itself on being an excellent eco-tourism experience, providing a diversity of wildlife, scenery and hospitality. The unique tramp across farmland and Hinewai reserve covers 35 km of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches. Each night's cosy accommodation reflects the character, history and individuality of the families who live nearby. Enjoy the diversity of landscapes and accommodations in this beautiful part of the country and see why the four day walk now ranks alongside the DOC "Great Walks' as one of New Zealand's classic tramps.
Choose the way you like to walk
Our four day walk offers you all the options to enjoy tramping the way you like ~ either with your own supplies, carrying your pack, or purchasing supplies along the way and making use of pack cartage. Walk on your own or with friends and family.
Take your time
There are no fixed daily itineraries besides that nights destination, you make your own way in your own time. The four day walk gives you the time to hike the side tracks, watch the birds and wildlife, swim, sunbathe, read, play games, beachcomb ... to explore more or to relax in beautiful surroundings.
The leisurely pace of this walk makes it an option open to all age groups. It is also excellent as a 'first tramp' for the novice walker; or as a first or last tramp for the visitor flying to or from Christchurch airport.
It is easy to arrange and with our limit of 12 walkers per day, it is never crowded on the track or at your accommodation.
Absolutely the most wonderful experience at every level! Everything about this walk was truly fabulous- from our first contact with the bus driver from Christchurch through to the hospitality of the farmers themselves...the scenery, the pristine countryside....to accommodation and facilities. It way exceeded our expectations...
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.
5.45 pm pickup at Akaroa old Post Office
- this is on your booking start date.
You start walking the day after!
Bus transport to Onuku Trampers' Hut. Ten minute walk from bus drop-off point to hut.
First night. Onuku Trampers' Hut.
Following day. Onuku to Flea Bay. 4-6 hrs walking.
Pack cartage from Onuku to Flea Bay is an option.
Second night. Flea Bay Cottage.
Drinks and chocolate supplies available.
Free penguin tour in evening (seasonal Oct-Jan).
Following day. Kayaking option on marine reserve (subject to sea conditions).
Flea Bay to Stony Bay. 2-4 hrs walking.
Third night. Stony Bay Cottages.
Full Trampers' shop supplies available.
Following day. Stony Bay to Otanerito. 2-3 hrs walking.
Fourth night. Otanerito Beach House.
Full Trampers' shop supplies available.
Following day. Otanerito to Akaroa. 3-5 hrs walking.
Pack cartage from Otanerito to Akaroa is an option.