This is the first half of a private walking track that explores the remote outer bays of Banks Peninsula, starting and finishing in Akaroa. The 35km Banks Peninsula Track passes through private farmland and follows spectacular volcanic coastline for part of the way. It also crosses the crater rim twice. There is a diversity of scenery, with native bush, waterfalls and beaches. The track can be completed in two days or four days, with accommodation provided in converted farmhouses at four points. We completed this walk in early January 2015, in temperatures of up to 30C.
Two-day walkers spend the first night at Ohuku (#1 on map) and the second night at Stony Bay (#12). The first day’s walk is 19km. Four-day walkers spend one night each at Flea Bay and Otanerito Bay as well. Click on map to enlarge.
Walkers are taken a few kilometres by bus around the coast from Akaroa to Onuku on the first evening, ready to start walking the next morning.
Click here to see the second half of the Banks Peninsula Track.