Why Walk With Us?
To enjoy a stunning, spectacular, diverse and enriching experience, a feast for the senses.
Banks Track takes you through forest, over hill and along coast. You can see a wide variety of flora and fauna including penguin, dolphin, tītī, bellbird, tūī, seal, fantail, tomtit, morepork, falcon and kereru before you 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, quirky, “rustic luxury” and it is never crowded as there are only 16 walkers on the track at any given time.
What To Know Before You Go
Booked your Banks Track Experience? Now what…Some of the things you’ll need to know include:
- Prices (from $195)
- Where and when to meet
- How to get to Akaroa
- Where to park
- What to bring
- Trampers Shop at Stony Bay
- Pack cartage options
- Extra Luggage Storage
- Your itinerary
Bookings & Availability
Pick Up Point
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
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
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