Banks Peninsular Walk Hiking Itinerary

Having reached the summit of the Banks Peninsular Track, a hiker has an unobstructed view over Akaroa harbour.

Akaroa to Onuku

RV at 5.45pm in front of the Akaroa Post office, in front of the bank BNZ in the towncentre. A shuttle of Banks Peninsula Track, driven by on the members of this association, will drop you off at your first accommodation in Onuku. You will get a map and a travelbook with history facts and description of the highlights of the track, and a brief will be hold before you go as it is an unguided walk and there are no warden in the cottages (even though the members of the association live on the track, close to your accommodations). 15min drive.

Akaroa Village Waterfront

This first night for all walkers is in two purpose built lodges with panoramic views over Akaroa Harbour. The Larger room has 2 x 4 bunk bedrooms and a spacious 4 bed loft. There is a well equipped kitchen/dining room. Gas stoves and water, solar powered lighting. Log burner. The smaller chalet, has a kitchen/dining room and 2 bedrooms. Or you may choose, for fun, to sleep in one of the 'stargazers' where you can lie in your bed and see the stars.

Onuku Trampers hut


Onuku to Flea Bay (11km/ 7miles)

After a 500m walk uphill, you get a spectacular view on the bay and the Pacific Ocean, and then walk in farmlands and tussock. As you go down in a lush forest, you are more and more surrounded by a rainforest type of vegetation. Small waterfalls on the way enable you to cool down and enjoy a bath in their basins. You will walk through a Nikau palms and tree ferns bush before arriving ashore. Flea Bay, where your accommodation is, a fireplace, books, games, pétanque bowls are at your disposal. You can also rent a
sea kayak here to explore the bay, or watch little blue penguins from Oct to Feb (with 200 penguins, Flea Bay has the largest colony of this specie in New Zealand).

People resting during the track.

This charming 160 yr old pioneer cottage is set just 200m back from the safe swimming beach and with verandah views of the bay and Pohatu marine reserve. Electric stove, lights, hot water, shower. Log burner, flush toilets, lots of room. Piano. Gas barbecue. The cottage is sited within the boundaries of the largest mainland colony of Little Penguin in NZ. Penguins may be heard calling from surrounding hillsides especially in October.

Flea Bay Cottage


Flea Bay to Stony Bay (8km/5miles)

While you go uphill along the left part of the bay, you will be surprised to see so many penguin shelters. You get progressively an interesting panoramic view, and face big cliffs with a nice red coloured volcanic rock. Marine current and gusts of winds for thousands of years have offered us this beautiful landscape (you are actually walking close to the Roaring Forties!). A tiny island floats on this huge ocean, with emeraud and deep blue waters : with the volcanic cliffs, it reminds the landscapes of Easter Island... You pass by the Cave of the Seals and its colony; the toilets there deserve to have a nosy : another example of the originality and surprises of this trekking. You keep walking along the bays to go down to Stony Bay, after crossing a bush.

Beautiful views on the way from Flea Bay to Stony Bay.

Night in Stony Bay. A barbecue, badminton rackets, an outdoor snooker are at your disposal, as well as a fire heat bath, hidden in the nature, giving the great feeling of a natural spa. You will relax in a science fiction atmosphere in the middle of the Nature. At dusk, you can watch some yellow eyed penguins, an endemic specie to New Zealand.

Stony Bay Hut


Stony Bay to Otanerito (6km/ 4mi)

Walking in a similar landscape, the views offered along the track today are a mix of cliffs, geological wonders and the sea. The country style with the numerous sheep and fields you will see remind us the importance of agriculture when the first European settled down here.

Track View

Set in a delightful 'out of control' organic garden, abundant with both exotic and native plants, the house is just fifty yards from a safe, sandy beach with good swimming in calm seas and great boogie boarding when the surf is up. Kitchen and two bedrooms in house (bunkroom sleeps 6, bedroom 4), and garden sleepout for 2. Outside double toilet/shower block. Free coffee, tea, sugar.... and a good selection of books, magazines, indoor and outdoor games. Otanerito Beach Tramper's Shop also has a full range of supplies

Otanerito Beach House


Otanerito to Akaroa (10km/ 6.5miles)

The track leads to the bay of Akaroa : crossing the land to reach the other side of the peninsula, you climb up to a saddle located at 590m of altitude. You walk through the lush Hinewai Reserve, known for its beech tree forest, palm trees, tree ferns, etc... Several detours are possible to reach waterfalls. From the pass, you can keep going up to Stony Bay Peak (806m), in 1h walk return, to have privileged 360 views of Akaroa, its bay, Otanerito and the reserve : absolutely breathtaking. 

This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Just a 2-minute walk from Akaroa’s Main Wharf, Tresori Motor Lodge offers stylish accommodation in the heart of Akaroa. All rooms are north-facing with beautiful mountain views. All accommodation at Tresori Motor Lodge Akaroa includes satellite TV, DVD player and CD stereo system. Electric blankets are provided.
Tresori Motor lodge

What Jo says about this tour: A charming, relaxed hike around Banks Peninsula with moderate distances and the freedom to go at your own pace. The hut accommodation is rustic with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and chat to the locals.
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