Banks Peninsular Freedom Walk

The Banks Peninsula Track explores the remote outer bays around the Peninsula revealing a spectacular volcanic coastline with native bush, waterfalls and expansive sandy beaches with plenty of Seals and native birds to keep you company.

Being a private track you will be staying in charming colonial farm cottages, have the opportunity to chat to the farmers themselves and being a self-guided independent walk you have the freedom to take as little or as much time as you like.

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Akaroa to Onuku

A shuttle bus will pick you up and will take you to your first accommodation in Onuku. You will spend your night there, before starting the track on the next day.

Onuku to Flea Bay

Walking distance: 4 hours walk, 11km

The track will first guide you up to a point where you will have great views on the Pacific Ocean and the beaches just before walking through farmlands and rainforests. The way to Flea Bay will take you along beautiful waterfalls and native bush. Your accommodation gives you the possibility to explore the surroundings by kayak or just stay there and observe the local wildlife, such as little blue penguins.

Flea Bay to Stony Bay

Walking distance: 3h15 hours walk, 8km

Starting your day by walking upward along the bay, you will see penguins, enjoy breathtaking views and explore red colored volcanic rocks. You will walk across the Cave of Seals, passing native bush and finally arrive at your accommodation in Stony Bay, which is situated amidst scenic landscapes and wildlife.

Stony Bay to Otanerito

Walking distance: 2.5 hours walk, 6km

Today the track will take you further along the coast, geological wonders and fields with New Zealand’s famous sheep. You will stay in a cottage in Otanerito for one night which is situated close to the only sandy beach of the Track.

Otanerito to Akaroa

Walking distance: 3h45 hours walk, 10 km

The last day you will walk across the peninsula back to Akaroa. Walking uphill you will pass through native forests and waterfalls. To enjoy 360 views of Akaroa and it surroundings, you will have to climb up to Stony Bay Peak, before returning to Akaroa.

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