Banks Peninsula Track
4 Days Banks Peninsula .
Price from £115 per person
The four day walk is simply one of New Zealand's great walking holidays. It 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 with free car parking, free bus to start, informative guide booklet, hot showers, flush toilets, and good food and drink and pack cartage options. It also includes the free penguin tour (spring/early summer) and kayaking option, 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 the 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..."
After your first nights' stay at Onuku Farm Trampers' Hut, the Banks Peninsula Track climbs up and over the crater rim surrounding Akaroa Harbour. From there it descends through native forest to the Pacific Coast, where you stay for your second night.
The Track then follows this dramatic coastline, via clifftops, rocky bays and sandy beaches for your next two days walking and two nights.
On your final day you ascend once more through both the regenerating and ancient forest of Hinewai Reserve before cresting the crater rim at Purple Peak saddle and descending to Akaroa.
The Track route is wonderfully diverse, passing through lush native bush and beech forest, with waterfalls and birdsong, and crossing open pasture with stunning panoramic views.
On the four day walk you spend a night at each of the four huts of the Banks Peninsula Track. These are all completely different from each other, ranging from the purpose built lodge at Onuku and colonial cottages of Stony Bay through to the old farm cottage at Flea Bay and original farm homestead at Otanerito.
They all have fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers.
There is no 'official' hosting at the accommodations on the Banks Peninsula Track. Each hut is owned and run by different families with a high degree of independence as to how they operate.
Our intention from the outset was to try and provide walkers with everything they needed for an enjoyable stay and to remain as much in the background as possible, with our contact being at the personal level rather than in the pre-arranged 'tourist' format.
In many cases you will not see anyone, but we are usually around and if you need anything or wish to ask questions, please come to the farmhouse and find us!
Banks Peninsula Track Company
The 'Banks Peninsula Track Company' is a remarkable business - a co-operative of neighbouring properties, which has lasted for over twenty years. It is wholly owned by these neighbouring families, and is solely operated by them in conjunction with local contractors for booking services, transport, and car parking (who have themselves been closely associated with the 'Track' for many years).
Seven shareholding properties form the Company with other land crossings held by them as concessions. This diversity of ownership coupled with such a range of landscapes makes the Banks Peninsula Track not only the original but also the most unique private tramping track in New Zealand.