Four day 12 per day. $320 per person
Two day 4 per day. $195 per person
Check availability for either package.
Season is 1st October 2016 - 27th April 2017.
Restrictions. Our walks are suitable for a wide range of walkers, but are not recommended for children under five years of age.
Your Track booking is for our 5.45pm track bus from Akaroa old Post Office (by phoneboxes/opposite BNZ) to Onuku Farm. You stay at Onuku Farm and start walking the following morning.
Free car parking for walkers is available at the BP Track car park at Mt Vernon Lodge. The carpark is also suitable for campervans.
This is one kilometre up Rue Balguerie from the main crossroads at the Akaroa old Post Office, which is our bus departure point. At the top of Rue Balguerie, turn left on Purple Peak Rd, cross the bridge and take the left turn into Mt Vernon after fifty metres.
The walking route conveniently passes this carpark at Mt Vernon as you re-enter Akaroa at the end of your walk.
Allow 30 minutes for parking and walking back down to the old Post Office.
TIP. Leave passenger(s) and packs at the bus pickup/Akaroa before parking to save carrying packs down to bus pickup.
It is available as an option on the first and last of the four sections of Track.
These are the two longest sections and also those with most ascent and descent. Payment is by cash, no pre-booking required.
Additional luggage can be stored for $5.00 during walk. Please bring to bus pick-up.
An option of full pack cartage exists (minimum fee applies) on both the 4 and 2 day walks.
Please note the weight limit is for 15kg maximum packs.
The fee includes a carbon credit donation to Hinewai Reserve, as well as storage in Akaroa.
Must be booked in advance.
The Track is Self - catering.
You can bring your own food or take advantage of the Trampers' shops en route at Stony Bay and Otanerito Beach. These are open to walkers whenever they arrive. They are well-stocked providing choice and quantity to cater for individuals or groups. Expect to pay prices roughly similar to a remote country dairy.
The Banks Peninsula Track is 35 kms of hill country walking.
Grade classifications. Four day walk is moderate. Two day walk is demanding.
Walking Distances and Estimated Times
Section 1 Onuku - Flea Bay 11 kms, 4-6 hrs
Section 2 Flea Bay - Stony Bay 8 kms, 2-4 hrs
Section 3 Stony Bay - Otanerito Beach 6 kms, 2-3 hrs
Section 4 Otanerito Beach - Akaroa 10 kms, 3-5 hrs
Four day walkers walk one section per day. Two day walkers walk two sections per day.
NB. Remember you start walking following your first nights accommodation, so you need either four or two days (depending on package) after your start date.
All walkers have access to the four accommodations - two day walkers have their overnight stays at Onuku and Stony Bay.
Facilities - What's Provided
All accommodations have fully equipped kitchens. This includes stoves, fridges, pans, cutlery, crockery, cleaning materials, t-towels, tin openers...etc. You do not need to bring any kitchen items. There are also outdoor barbecues available.
All accommodations have comfortable beds, (with pillows and clean pillowcases), woodstove heating, and bathroom facilities with hot showers and flush toilets.
Backpack. Boots. Clothing including adequate outdoor clothing for all weather.
Personal necessities (toiletries, medicines). Towel.
Cash for shop and pack cartage payments. Sleeping bag.
Sleeping bags can be hired for $30 per trip. Hire should be arranged in advance (preferably by e-mail).
Torch, light indoor footwear, water bottle, swimwear, daypack (if using pack cartage). Food and Drink - please see panel.
General. Please note - most of the Track is outside cell phone coverage.
Regular bus services are provided (up to 3 per day) from Christchurch to Akaroa (and return) by
Akaroa Shuttle 0800 500 929
French Connection 0800 800 575
Taxi bus services are provided at good rates by
Outer bays tours 027 489 7200 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Akaroa Tours and Taxi 027 695 6981 Rosemary Lyon e-mail email@example.com
All the bus/taxi services drop you off within 50m of Akaroa old Post Office.
Akaroa is a scenic 85km drive from Christchurch on State Highway 75. Leave Christchurch at the south eastern corner of Hagley Park along Lincoln Road. Allow 90 mins for the journey.
Petrol and refreshments are available at Tai Tapu, Little River, and Duvauchelle along the way, and Little River Gallery and Barrys Bay Cheese factory are well worth a visit.
Free Car parking (also suitable for campervans) for track walkers is provided at Mt Vernon Lodge - allow an additional 30 mins to walk to the old Post Office for bus pick-up. The end of your track walk will take you past Mt Vernon as you arrive at Akaroa.
Christchurch has an international airport with direct flights to all the major Australian cities as well as many other international destinations. As the major South Island airport, it also has good connecting flights to almost all other NZ destinations.
Outer bays tours offer the tracks bus, or a van for smaller groups, to charter for groups arriving in Christchurch. Paul can pick you up from the airport or city mid afternoon and deliver you to Akaroa, and return you to Christchurch/airport upon finishing the track. The cost is competitive with any other transport operator and the service convenient as the same bus takes you and your gear out to the first hut that night.
It may be possible to consolidate your group with others. Please contact direct to arrange.
Paul Chandler e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell ph. 027 489 7200.