The Banks Peninsula Track is one of the most spectacular two day walks in New Zealand. Easy to organise, it combines hill, forest, and coastal walking at their best, making this a great option for those who like to spend much of their day tramping.
Our hiker's option
This is our hiker's option and a high level of level of fitness is required as the 35 kms includes a lot of hill walking, and the Track climbs from sea level to over 600m twice, and features rugged exposed headlands. It can be done with a very light pack by taking advantage of the trampers' shop at Stony Bay on night two.
A touch of rustic luxury
All facilities are available to you, whether you are staying the night or just passing by, and a separate 'bath under the stars' is reserved for you at Stony Bay so you can soak any tired limbs and feet to your hearts content.
The two day track is limited to just 4 walkers per day, but single groups of up to 6 may be accommodated by contacting us direct.
An excellent experience, fantastic! The best of NZ. Exceeded expectations, everything was very organised, pick up, briefing, the huts were fantastic. We did the 2 day and enjoyed the opportunity to use 4 day huts for cup of tea. Track had plenty of variety and scenery....
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 email@example.com.
5.45 pm pickup at Akaroa old Post Office- this is on your booking start date.
Bus transport to Onuku Trampers' Hut. Ten minute walk from bus drop-off point to hut.
First night. Onuku Trampers' Hut.
First day morning. Onuku to Flea Bay. 4-6 hrs walking.
Pack cartage from Onuku to Flea Bay is an option
Lunch stop. Flea Bay Cottage. Drinks and Chocolate available.
First day afternoon. Flea Bay to Stony Bay. 2-4 hrs walking.
Second night. Stony Bay Cottages.
Full Trampers' shop supplies available.
Second day morning. Stony Bay to Otanerito. 2-3 hrs walking.
Morning/lunch stop. Otanerito Farm House. Full Trampers' shop supplies available.
Second day afternoon. Otanerito to Akaroa. 3-5 hrs walking.