This is the second half of the 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). Four day walkers spend one night each at Flea Bay and Otanerito Bay as well. The second day’s walk is 16km, from Stoney Bay to Akaroa. Click on map to enlarge.
Prior to September 2010, this sea stack formed an arch through to the mainland. On 4th September 2010 the lower part of the arch collapsed during a large earthquake. A few days later the arch collapsed totally. Wave action has subsequently removed all of the debris.
Click here to see the first half of the Banks Peninsula Track.
For those interested in the conservation work on the Hinewai Reserve, click on the link below to a post on my husband’s website.