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Banks Track

Please Note: If you are booking for a walk after October 2019 we are in the process of changing our booking system. Please contact Mafi, our booking administrator directly on our Contact Us page and she will ensure your booking goes into the system as soon as it is up and running.

Banks Track is NZ’s original private walking track. It has delighted our walkers since 1989.

Banks Track offers two walking options:

1.The Three Day Classic Walk

This option begins at 5.30 pm on the date you book. You are picked up in Akaroa Village by the Banks Track bus and have an orientation before being driven to 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 guide book you are given 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 are able to take part in a discounted kayak trip within the Pohatu Marine Reserve (pre-booking required) before heading out on section two, along the cliffs to Stony Bay and your last night’s accommodation at the Stony Bay Village. One the last day you will walk section three, 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

This option is for the fitter and faster hikers who wish to carry their packs and complete the Banks Track in a shorter time frame. Like the Three Day Classic Walk, you are picked up in Akaroa Village by the Banks Track bus. There is an orientation before being driven to the first nights accommodation. The next morning you walk section one from Onuku to Flea Bay and section two from Flea Bay to Stoney Bay. One the last day you will walk section three, 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:

  • Pack Cartage
  • Sleeping Bag Hire
  • Private Room Option

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 and the Two or Three day option. 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 5.30pm bus pick-up.  You start walking the day after. This means you need two or three days following your start night, depending on 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 walkingand three nights accommodation  $260

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

Private Room – $150 for Two-Day Hikers and $225 for Three-Day classic Walk

Sleeping Bag Hire – $40

Full Pack Cartage (minimum 4 packs / max 15kg each). Two Day Hikers = $60/pack –  Three-Day Classic Walk = $100/pack

Standard Pack Cartage (minimum 2 packs / max 15kg each) $25 from Onuku to Flea Bay and $25 from Stony Bay to Akaroa

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.