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Banks Peninsula Track

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Address: Akaroa, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6433047612
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The Banks Peninsula Track offers two packages for self-guided walking...

The Banks Peninsula Track offers two packages for self-guided walking holidays. It was New Zealand's original private track, established in 1989 and is still owned and run by the original families. It is an excellent eco-tourism experience with a focus on conservation and provides a diversity of wildlife, scenery and hospitality. The unique 35km trail takes you around a spectacular volcanic coastline with native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches. It can be done in either 2 or 4 days and is limited to just a few people each day meaning it is often companionable but never crowded.. Accommodation at wonderfully different trampers' huts is included in your package. The Track is self-catering but small shops at two of the stops make it much easier to arrange than wilderness tramping. Pack cartage is also an option, as is a private room with towels and clean sheets every night for those wishing to add a touch of rustic luxury.

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Take Time to Hike around Akaroa it is spectacular!

We spent 2 days in Akaroa. The weather was perfect for hiking. You must do some of the hikes starting from the village up to the crest so you enjoy the bay views and even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I did the four day walk. This is achievable for the moderately fit. Time taken to enjoy the track, views and the company of other walkers is my recommendation. You need to pack warm clothes for any time of year as it is exposed to weather particularly from the South. Also take advantage of the 'shops' at... More 

Thank 546juliann
Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 2 days in Akaroa. The weather was perfect for hiking. You must do some of the hikes starting from the village up to the crest so you enjoy the bay views and even glimpses of the Pacific ocean. The trails are well marked. Just get a map at the store, pack a picnic, get water, a hat and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five of us did the four day walk just before Christmas. The weather was kind to us although we did get hail at the summit on the first day so sadly no view but the walk was still spectacular. Each day had different visuals and was at all times interesting. The accomodation was especially clean and thoughtful touches like fresh... More 

Thank Roz T
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had three adults and three children aged 10, 14 and 17. We did the two option. Accommodation was basic but clean and full of character especially at Stoney Bay. Great scenery, good segments in native bush and lots of wildlife to see. The two day option means walking for 7-8 hour days including stops. Plenty of hill climbs require... More 

Thank kentdg
New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The four days were great. Each day offered such different experiences ... Both in the walks and the accommodation. We found the second day the most challenging but very enjoyable. This is a bit more than a novice trip, and anyone thinking of doing it ... We suggest training walking up and down hills. The shops on the third and... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did the four day option and loved the difference each day offered, with quirky and very varied accommodation and surprises every day. Great to have the packs transported on the longest days and the option of real food on most nights! Completely delightful and we would recommend as of the best tracks in NZ - up there with the... More 

Thank copim
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

My husband and his friends did the whole track while I did the second day on the Pohatu Penguin tour (so you don't need to do both). They loved the views and the wildlife(penguins, seals, wood pigeons, sheep) and thought the huts were cosy, unusual and very comfortable. In one there is a bath you heat up with a fire... More 

Thank KatePnz
Hanmer Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is the second time I have walked this track and I enjoyed it even more than the first time. The previous trip was in February but going in November the flowers were coming out and there was a lot of new growth on the plants. The penguins were nesting and we saw them on the rocks when we went... More 

Thank inglisma
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I have walked this track 3 times, one of those with my aunt & uncle in their mid-70s & other times with friends. The best times was when we got a group of friends together & booked the whole walk out each night - lots of fun singing & yarning the night away without disturbing other travellers. Bags, except day... More 

Thank Jocelyn P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

DO IT!!!! Amazing, fantastic, beautiful, exhilarating, exhausting, creative, well fed! Just a few words to describe how we found the BP track! We did the two day hike. Night one at Onuku Hut. If you have been tramping in NZ on the Great Walks, or in back country huts you are in for some wonderful surprises! This hut was gorgeous!... More 

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