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Banks Track

Banks Track is a great NZ walk, delighting our walkers since 1989. Banks Track offer two walking options:

1.The Three Day Classic Walk

For the walker who wants to take their time but still be challenged. Enjoy three nights accommodation and full pack cartage.  You begin at 5.30 pm with orientation in Akaroa Village and are driven to the start of Banks Track and the first nights accommodation.

The next morning you walk section one from Onuku to Flea Bay. There are numerous side trips and points of interest which are noted in the free guide book, given to you at the orientation. That night is spent in the Flea Bay cottage, within a penguin colony. There is a free penguin tour available here in season.

The next morning you walk along the cliffs to Stony Bay and your last night’s accommodation at the Stony Bay Village. There is an option to book a pre-walk kayak trip in the Pohatu Marine Reserve. (Here)

On the last day you will walk from Stony Bay through Hinewai Reserve, over the rim of the extinct volcano and down into the village of Akaroa. (click here for more details)

2.The Two Day Hikers Option

Fitter and faster walkers can hike Banks Track in a shorter time. Pick up and orientation are at 5.30 pm  in Akaroa Village and you will be driven to the first nights accommodation.

The next morning you walk from Onuku to Flea Bay and then from Flea Bay to Stony Bay.

On the last day you will walk from Stony Bay through Hinewai Reserve, over the rim of the extinct volcano and down into the village of Akaroa. (click here for more details)

Optional Extras include:

  • Sleeping Bag Hire
  • Private Room Option (for the Three Day Classic Walk)
  • Luggage Storage (while you are walking)

Making a Booking

To make a booking, first check our availability guide and choose an available booking date for the number of walkers in your group on either the Two Day hikers Option or the or Three Day Classic Walk. You only need to check the start date availability as this includes the other days and nights you will be on the Banks Track. From there either continue with online booking, or send an e-mail enquiry to our office.

Check your start and Finish dates

Your booking start date is the date of your 5.30 pm bus pick-up.  You start walking the day after. This means you need two or three days following your start night, depending on  the option chosen.

For example: If you are booking for the Three Day Classic Walk and you book for the 1st of the month, you will be picked up in Akaroa at 5.30 pm on the 1st of the month. You will begin walking on the 2nd (Onuku to Flea Bay), then on the 3rd (Flea Bay to Stony Bay) and on the 4th you will finish your walk from Stony Bay to Akaroa, arriving in Akaroa early to mid afternoon on the 4th of the month.

Prices

Three-day  Classic Walk -three days walking, pack cartage and three nights accommodation  $330

Two-day Hikers Option – two nights walking and two nights accommodation $195

Private Room – $225 for the Three-Day Classic Walk

Sleeping Bag Hire – $40 each

Extra Luggage Storage $10

Refund policy

A 90% refund will be made when at least 28 days notice is given.

A 50% refund will be made when at least 7 days notice is given, otherwise payment is forfeited.

Cancelled bookings may be refilled.

Secure online booking is provided by Bookit. Please note that Bookit charge and additional $20 cancellation fee.