Banks Track Accommodation
Banks Track accommodation is individual, comfortable and reflects the character of the landowners. Each accommodation offers touches which add a sense of surprise to your hiking experience.
There is the purpose built trampers hut at Onuku with magnificent views over Akaroa harbour, the historic farm cottage nestled in the Flea Bay valley and the “village” at Stony Bay. Each accommodation is provided and maintained by the families who live near by.
Banks Track accommodation is serviced daily, with clean pillowcases, tea towels and hand towels provided.
All the accommodation has comfortable beds, woodstove heating, flush toilets, and hot showers. Their fully equipped kitchens include stoves, fridges, pans, cutlery, crockery, coffe plungers, cleaning materials, tea towels etc. (You do not need to bring any kitchen items). Barbecues are also available.
Private Room Option
Three-day Classic Walkers can book a private room.
There are two designated private rooms at each accommodation. You are booking a separate room with a double bed. Sheets, bedding and towels are provided. Other facilities – kitchen, living area and bathrooms – are shared with the other walkers.
Private rooms are very popular so please contact the booking office to ensure the room is available before you book. The private room is $225. This one payment confirms your private room at each of the three night’s accommodation.
Each night’s accommodation is owned and run by different families with a high degree of independence as to how they operate. Our intention is to provide walkers with everything they need for an enjoyable stay and to remain in the background.
In many cases you will not see anyone, but we are usually around and if you need anything, please come to the farmhouse and find us.
Fully Equipped Kitchens
The kitchens are fully equipped with teatowels, cutlery, coffee plunger, crockery, and utensils.
- Onuku Trampers huts has a fridge, microwave, freezer, gas hobs and a gas oven.
- Flea Bay Cottage has a fridge, two electric ovens, a barbecue and a microwave.
- Stony Bay Cottages have gas hobs, a fridge and BBQ’s.
Tea and Coffee (but not milk) are available at the accommodation.
The first night for all walkers is in three purpose built lodges at Onuku Farm. These have panoramic views over Akaroa Harbour.
The larger, for those on the Three-day Classic Walk, has two bunk bedrooms , each with four beds and a spacious four bed loft. There is a well equipped kitchen/dining room with gas stoves, drinking water and a log burner for heating.
The smaller chalet, for those on the Two-day Hikers Option, has a kitchen/dining room and two bedrooms.
There is also an option to sleep in one of the ‘stargazers’ where you can lie in your bed and see the stars. Stargazers are not pre-booked. They are there on a first in basis.
There is mobile phone reception at Onuku.
The cottage in Flea Bay is the second night’s accommodation for walkers on the Three-day Classic Walk. It is a mid-day stop for Two-day Hikers. This cottage still has much of its old charm including a very low back door. Anyone average to tall – mind your head!
Flea Bay Cottage has two electric ranges, a fridge, and a microwave. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are drinks and snacks for sale to supplement the food you have carried in.
The accommodation is situated in the Pōhatu Penguin Colony within a peaceful valley of birdsong and near a safe swimming beach.
There is no mobile reception in Flea Bay.
The Stony Bay “village” offers a choice of cottages and sleeping options. There are separate Two-day Hiker and Three-day Classic Walk cottages, as well as other little buildings, so it’s a good idea to go exploring when you arrive.
The Three-day Classic Walk cottage has an open fireplace and log burner, gas cooking, barbeque, candles for lighting, electrically heated shower, and a ‘bath under the stars’
The Two-day Hikers cottage is one roomed, with a cottage garden, woodstove, barbeque, mattresses in the loft, gas cooking, and candles for lighting.
There is a well-stocked trampers shop and a small family museum as well as a camp fire to gather round in the evening.
There is no electricity at Stony Bay Village and no mobile phone reception.