Why Walk With Us?
Walking Banks Track is:
- a feast for the senses,
- a feed for the soul and
- a feat for the spirit.
Banks Track takes you through farm and forest, offers volcanoes and views, follows coasts and cliffs.
NZ wildlife along Banks Track include penguins, falcon, gecko, and sooty shearwater.
You can spend your evening either stargazing in our dark skies or enjoying the warmth and camaraderie of a cosy fire.
The accommodation is original, comfortable, varied, and quirky. It is never crowded as there are a maximum of 16 walkers on the track each day.
Escape the stresses of life, recharge in nature and share the good times with friends…Walk Banks Track.
Best hike in New Zealand! Awesome experience. After 4.5 months of travelling and much hiking in New Zealand I did the Banks Track at the last two days of my journey. It was definitely a great ending – it was the best hike for me during my whole trip!
CHRISTOPHER G – Feb 2017
Latest Banks Track News
A shout out to our wonderful walkers who have voted Banks Track for a Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award.
We thank each of you.
We hope you are keeping well.
Banks Track is currently closed for winter, re-opening on October 1st.
We are all working towards this date with the hope that the second wave of Covid will have passed.
If not, Banks Track bookings that are negatively impacted by Covid restrictions can be postponed or refunded 100%.
Covid refund policy:
If your Banks Track Experience is unable to proceed due to Covid restrictions we will postpone your booking or refund 100%.
Our Standard Refund Policy:
With 28 days notice (or more) we will refund 90%
With 7-28 days notice we will refund 50%
No refunds are given if less than 7 days notice is given.
Closed for Winter
Banks Track is now closed for a few months over winter.
Our next season starts on October 1st.
Bookings for the 2020/21 season are open so feel free to get in early and grab the dates you want.
Although we don’t have walkers through the winter, we are still busy with repairs and maintenance ensuring that Banks Track is ready for you next season.
Stay warm, stay well and stay safe,
Best wishes from the Banks Track families.
Wonderful! One of the best tracks I have done in NZ, views, variety, challenge, organised, excellent accommodation particularly on the last night.. quirky, thoughtful, idyllic space. Highly recommend
Five Star trip Advisor review by 408judith
12 Mar 2020
Five Aussie trampers loved the track. Excellent organization and maintenance of track. Superb scenery, weather and comfy accommodation.
Five Star Trip Advisor review by N2442LGjohns
9 Mar 2020
A Must do! This was a stunning walk with amazing accommodation ! Views where spectacular with such different terrain and lots to see. The accommodation was so cute and had everything you could need. So nice just having a day pack to carry.
Five Star Trip Advisor review by fi0nam120
19 Feb 2020
We so enjoyed our wonderful few days ‘away from it all’ in this lovely hidden part of the world. Although we actually live in Akaroa the track had some wonderful surprises in store. We took our time to absorb the amazing scenery, watch the wildlife in the bays, skinny dip under the waterfalls, enjoy the creative handy work and conservation efforts by the landowners and just be…. It made walking from one hut to the other a rather leisurely stroll. We were lucky with the weather though! The hut stays where all different but all most comfortable. We can highly recommend this to anyone who wants to spend some real good quality time with their partner, family or friends. No mobile coverage for most of the track surely helps!
AD SINTENIE – Feb 2019
This track is just fantastic. The accommodation on all three nights was great but the final night at Stony Bay is just so quirky and interesting that it gives the track a whole new dimension. The scenery is varied including stunning coastal cliffs and bays, farmland, forests and steeper hills (which are almost big enough to be considered mountains). The bellbird song accompanied us most of the way and the penguins are an added bonus. We were also fortunate to see a few young sea lions on the rocks in Stony Bay. I highly recommend doing it in three days. The coastal scenery on the second day is just outstanding and it would be a pity to rush it.
DEREK B – Oct 2018
A little bit of heaven. That’s what this track is. Thank you to the farmer families who run it. Whether you’re into ‘real hiking’ (sleeping on a mat or bad mattress and eating dry frozen meals) or if you’re more of the glamping kind of person….this is great. Beautiful and diverse scenery but the huts and cabins are a slice of heaven. So very comfortable and just adorable actually. At the second hut (for the 4-day walkers) you can go kayaking for free in the morning with a guide and the evening before you can join in seeing the penguins. A must do on your trip to NZ
JASON J – Mar 18
Have done a few hikes around Kiwi land by now and can definitely say this one sits at the top in terms of experience. Because it’s paid and private, there is relatively low foot traffic (compared to the other big hikes in NZ). Actually, scratch that, there was almost NO foot traffic. Bless. We did the 2-day option… hiking trail was perfect in terms of scenery, physical challenge, and accommodation. Both sleeping lodges had so much character. On the first night there are these little star-gazing huts to chill at… secluded from everyone else. On the 2nd night, we soaked in the outdoor bath, drinking wine (purchased from the seriously cute store on site), and watched the stars. There’s also a cute little museum, and a penguin that lives under the cabin. No joke. A must-do if you’re around Akaora / Christchurch!
SRAHMH – 28 Jan 2018
Amazing walk, cute huts, stunning views and very well-organized
We thought that every hut was perfect but when we came to the next hut it was even more perfect! Really enjoyed the company and the other people doing the walk. We absolutely loved the penguins and the sea kayaking! So many seals that it got boring 😉 Every day was special in its own way but the second day had the best views and the last gut was definitely the icing on the cake (with a cherry). So much detail. We loved those short walks off the track to see special features. Really good organization and planning… the sheep made it really entertaining
CARINA HOENIG – 09 Dec 2017
Yet another great experience on BP Track
Have walked BP Track on 5 occasions and this recent walk didn’t disappoint. The new walk out on day 3 up the Stoney Bay valley was exceptionally beautiful with the beech forest being a highlight. THANK YOU ALL for creating the new track and continuing the BPT tradition! Great produce along the way. Applaud the chooks and the Akaroa butcher.
MALCOLM MACLEOD – 23 Nov 2017
Fantastic experience, service and landscape. Exceeded expectations, track well marked, excellent variety of terrain, native bush, farmland, seals, penguins, huts just the right balance of comfort and privacy. The store at Stony bar a real treat as was the bush bath after a full day of walking. We did the 2 day walk and was manageable with plenty of rest time and stops at points of interest.
ANGELA RUSSEK Oct 2017
Outstanding – one of the best NZ walks. My wife and I have done many NZ tracks. The Banks Track is a ‘must do’. Variety, quirky surprises, and wonderful wildlife, seals, birds, … Take your time and bring your camera. The pack cartage is also excellent and much advised.
STEPHEN HICKS – Mar 2017
A fantastic walk with stunning scenery and lovely accommodation Well marked trail with handy tips along the way. An informative booklet. Accommodation varied from basic to quirky but overall great value for money. Kitchens were great and pack cartage first and last days much appreciated.
GILIAN STOKES – Mar 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the walk with its variety of landscapes, the stunning sea views, towering cliffs and wild shoreline along with beautiful bush and forests. Each night the accommodation was welcoming with quirky touches to surprise and enjoy.
BEV CONLAN – Mar 2017
My 10th tramp on this track. Speaks for itself that I rate it one of best. The best reason for me is that I don’t need friends to go with. I have completed the track about 6 times by myself. There have always been very sociable trampers and because its limited to 12 it is very easy to get to know the others.
VALDA BURKE – Feb 2017
Amazing, such a break from daily chores. Awesome varied scenery, loads of sea and bird life, great travelling companions and stunning places to stay – what more could you ask for in a tramp?
JO WAGER – Feb 2017
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