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Our Story – Banks Track

We love sharing our backyard with visitors from all over the world. Our Banks Track has been called “a kiwi favourite”, “NZ’s great walk”, “a great walking experience” and “the best NZ walk”.

Here’s how we got started…

Banks Track opened in 1989. A group of neighbours were seeking solutions to the farming downturn of the 1980s. Together they created a co-operative and established NZ’s first private walking track. We are still operating, 30+ years later.

Copy of visitors book with the first Banks Track walkers in 1989.

First Banks Track Walkers 1989

The original four-day Banks Peninsula Track (with a two day option) grew into a “must-do” activity for many walkers from both New Zealand and overseas. Retirement of one landowner in 2017 resulted in change, so after 27 years the four-day track became the Three Day Classic Walk (with a two-day hikers option). These three days offer everything the four days were able to offer except a visit to one bay, and the silver lining is that many of our walkers find it easier to plan a three day escape than a four day one.

Small red cabins were Banks Track original Otanerito accommodation 1989

Banks Track original Otanerito Cabins 1989

There are now five landowner partners. Each takes responsibility for the track that runs through their land and the accommodation they provide. Together, the landowners, and a few helpers, manage the finances, booking system, health and safety, marketing etc. It operates as a traditional family run Peninsula business. To put a face to the Banks Track “family” take a look at our Team.

We are a group of rural folk, with our hearts in the land we care for. Each landowner, whether farming, running a tourist operation, or managing a nature reserve, works their own property as well as the Banks Track operation. Each of us is involved in conservation and is a part of the Banks Peninsula “Wildside Project” of conservation protection and restoration.

Banks Track walker looking over harbour view

Banks Track walker and harbour view

This diversity of ownership, coupled with such a range of landscape, makes the Banks Track not only the original, but also the most unique private walking track in New Zealand.

Take a look through our Banks Track website and then come and walk in our back yard.