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Banks Track

Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Banks Track
NZ’s original private walking track is an excellent eco-tourism experience, offering diverse wildlife, scenery and hospitality. Each accommodation reflects the character, history and individuality of the track families. Two self-guided options offer you the comfort of hot showers and small numbers, combined with the independence of the freedom walker. A Kiwi favourite.
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Reviewed May 17, 2019

The Banks Track is a delightful 3-day walk - a big loop from Akaroa back to Akaroa. There is a lot of variety, incorporating historic sites, wonderful volcanic landscapes and sea cliffs, native bush and rolling hillsides. The walk took us from just above sea...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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TriciaH600, Marketing at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased you enjoyed our Banks Track again. We love your description of "goblin forests" - an apt image of that area.

Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

What a stunning part of NZ to walk!! Thanks to the families who maintain this track so well and provide the accomodation. It’s certainly a track with a fair incline on it. The first two hours of day 1 and the last hour to the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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TriciaH600, Marketing at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our Banks Track Experience. As you mention, there is a "fair incline" to get over the rim of the extinct volcano that created the Banks Peninsula landscape. We are please you and your children enjoyed your trip.

Reviewed April 1, 2019

This 3 day tramp is just fantastic. I’ve done it 4 times over the years and it just gets better each time. The booking and all arrangements went smoothly, fabulous quirky accomodations, wonderful birdlife. The owners of the farms tramped through have such great love,respect...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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TriciaH600, Marketing at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2019

We are always pleased to hear from repeat walkers, and happy that you have enjoyed the Banks Track once more. Thank you for your review, hopefully we'll see you back for a fifth time in the near future.

Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

This little hike is great with enough decent hiking to break a sweat, wonderful views of the coast,then a comfy bed and shower at the end of the day. You can easily do the trek in 2 days but the 3 day option gets you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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TriciaH600, Marketing at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2019

Thank you for your review of Banks Track. We are pleased you enjoyed your hike. We are making some changes to the pack cartage system in the coming season so your misunderstanding should be avoided in the future.

Reviewed March 31, 2019

My wife and I hiked the Banks Track in early March. It was a wonderful experience in many ways. The hiking was varied and interesting. It ranged from wonderful views of the various bays from the headlands to sheltered forest and fresh water pools. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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TriciaH600, Marketing at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review your Banks Track trip. Thank you for noting the effort we make to "promote the welfare of the land and varies species". This is an important aspect of the Banks Track experience.

Reviewed February 25, 2019

We so enjoyed our wonderful few days 'away from it all' in this lovely hidden part of the world. Although we actually live in Akaroa the track had some wonderful surprises in store. We took our time to absorb the amazing scenery, watch the wildlife...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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TriciaH600, Banks Track at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

Kia ora Ad Thank you for your positive review. We are pleased you took the time to really enjoy what is on offer in our "back yard". With luck, we'll see you back on Banks Track before too long. Nga Mihi

Reviewed February 2, 2019

I would opt for the three day option if possible. Firstly to really enjoy what each stop has to offer. A swim at Flea bay is so welcomed after that first day hike, then the penguin tour in the evening. Most importantly the second day...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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TriciaH600, Banks Track at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

Thanks for your thought out review, we really appreciate your time. We will pass on your comment about the butter/olive oil to the team at Stony Bay. Nga Mihi.

Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

We had a great 3 day walk. Night 1 accommodation is wonderful with lovely views. First day was lashing wind and rain so we were all soaked on arrival at Flea Bay but accommodation was excellent. Coastline walk on second day stunning but Track was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TriciaH600, Banks Track at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

Kia ora Tim We appreciate the review and agree that all outdoor activities in NZ require us to be prepared for all weather. Did you get to see the mists over the hilltops? I hope so, as they are so beautifully ethereal.

Reviewed October 16, 2018

This track is just fantastic. The accommodation on all three nights was great but the final night at Stony Bay is just so quirky and interesting that it gives the track a whole new dimension. The scenery is varied including stunning coastal cliffs and bays,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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TriciaH600, Banks Track at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

Kia ora Derek Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time "in our backyard" and hope to see you back sometime in the future. Nga Mihi, Tricia

Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

A little bit of heaven. That's what this track is. Thank you to the farmer families who run it. Whether you're into 'real hiking' (sleeping on a mat or bad mattress and eating dry frozen meals) or if you're more of the glamping kind of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Tricia H, Administrator at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your walk...and we agree, living out here on Banks Track is "a little bit of heaven".

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Response from TriciaH600 | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry about the Banks Track. Unfortunately, you are arriving in our area just a couple of weeks early. Our Banks Track season is from October 1st to the end of April. Can we suggest you look at doing... More
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