The Banks Peninsula Track

follows a stunningly diverse track of 35 km through pasture and forest as you explore the remote outer bays of Banks Peninsula. Its route includes a spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches with two crossings of the crater rim high above Akaroa Harbour as you leave and return to Akaroa.

Self-guided walking or hiking

Our two self-guided options offer you many of the comforts of guided walks such as hot showers and small numbers, combined with the independence of the freedom walker. Both walks cover the same distance following the same track route and visit the same accommodations but at a different pace - you choose the way you want to walk!

Location and Walk Options

The Banks Peninsula Track starts and ends in the picturesque harbourside town of Akaroa, a 75 min drive from Christchurch and Christchurch International Airport.


Our four day walk around the 'wildside' southeastern bays of Banks Peninsula has become one of New Zealand's classic walking holidays. Its diversity of landscape and accommodation make it truly one of the great NZ walks alongside the DOC featured 'Great Walks'. Enjoy small numbers and take the time to explore the side tracks, swim in the bays, watch the marine wildlife of this stunning coast... or simply relax in your own way in beautiful surroundings.

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Our two day walk is one of the most spectacular hikes or tramps in New Zealand. It combines hill and coastal walking at their best, making this a great option for those who like to spend much of their day tramping. Please note. This trip covers the same distance as the four day walk and is therefore much more strenuous! Do not consider it as an easier alternative!

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Extra options

Further options available include full or standard pack cartage and storage, a great kayaking trip, sleeping bag hire, or the guaranteed privacy of a double room with linen and towels provided. These options can be explored thru 'Walk Details'

The kayaking trip (operated by Shireen Helps) can only be booked at the time but all other options should be booked through our booking office - see Bookings or Contact Us for contact details. (No advance booking is required for 'standard pack cartage', first and last sections).

Self - Catering

The Track is self-catering with fully equipped kitchens. You don't need to bring any kitchen items.

Easy to organise and great value

Our availability guide and online booking make planning your trip as easy as possible. Your booking price includes car parking, bus to first hut, all your accommodation stays, all land access rights, and an informative guide booklet. (Also the seasonal penguin tour for four day walkers).


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