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“Just fantastic with two kids in tow. ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Banks Peninsula Track

Banks Peninsula Track
Akaroa, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Akaroa
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“Just fantastic with two kids in tow. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Decided to use this track to introduce our almost 7 and almost 9 year old to the delights of multi day hiking. Could not have chosen better. The walk was quite challenging for them but with new unique accommodation waiting at the end if each day (twice with ice cream available) they appear to be sold on the idea. The individuality of the nightly stays was a wonderful bonus added to some truly spectacular country to walk through. There is a great variety of terrain you pass through along the way and the sudden changes from pastoral wander to lush rainforest to windswept cliff tops with seals on the rocks below never failed to keep the interest alive. The bit of the track our kids found the toughest was the final 15 minutes down the very steep tarred road into Akaroa. But they'd made it then, and because there is the option for pack cartage, a final 10 minute piggy back was a small price to pay for inducting them successfully into the world of overnight hiking we've been waiting so long to do.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Spectacular views and loads of character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

My favorite vacation experience in New Zealand. The track goes through gorgeous landscapes and the accommodations are charming. We booked the honeymoon suite, but even the standard rooms were lovely. We saw Hector dolphins, little blue penguins and royal albatross.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Terrific track - more interesting than Queen Charlotte”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Liked: variety of track; places to stay; views of sea and Akaroa Harbour.
Disliked: well I would hate to do this walk when it's super cold. We went in summer and it was raining and cold

Visited December 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Enjoyable walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Lovely walk through a wide range of scenery. Highly recommended. We did the walk over two days, but I would recommend taking four days if you have the time available.

Visited January 2013
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“A wonderful honeymoon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We did the four day walk as part of our honeymoon (and chose the honeymoon accommodation option) and we absolutely loved it! The scenery is spectacular and the accommodation is charming. A highlight for both of us was the opportunity to see nesting little (blue) penguins and yellow-eyed penguins in Flea bay. We will treasure the memories from our honeymoon adventure on the track!

Visited November 2013
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