Banks Peninsula Track – Part One, Onuku to Stony Bay

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.

Banks Peninsula Track route map

Banks Peninsula Track route map

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.

 

Akaroa Harbour from Onuku

Akaroa Harbour from Onuku

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.

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Stargazer, one of the accommodation options at Onuku

 

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Early morning at Onuku on first walking day

Early morning at Onuku on first walking day

 

Steep climb above Akaroa Harbour, with cruise ship and Onuku accomodation on lower right

Steep climb above Akaroa Harbour, with cruise ship, and in the foreground, the Onuku accommodation

 

Salmon farm across the harbour at Lucas Bay

Salmon farm across the harbour at Lucas Bay

 

Entrance to Akaroa HArbour

Entrance to Akaroa Harbour

 

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Looking back to Akaroa Harbour

 

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Heading down to Flea Bay

 

Flea Bay waterfall

Flea Bay waterfall

 

Arriving at Flea Bay

Arriving at Flea Bay for lunch

 

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Flea Bay cattage

Flea Bay cottage from the other side

 

Leaving Flea Bay

Leaving Flea Bay

 

Track follows coastal route past the entrance to Flea Bay

Track follows coastal route past the entrance to Flea Bay

 

 

Shelter at Seal Cave, using rock face as a wall

Shelter at Seal Cave, using rock face as a wall

 

Scenic toilet stop near Seal Cave, with flowering rata?pohutakawa trees

Scenic toilet stop near Seal Cave, with flowering pohutakawa trees

 

Arriving at Stony Bay, where we spend our second night

Arriving at Stony Bay, where we spent our second night

Click here to see the second half of the Banks Peninsula Track.

 

 

 

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