Banks Track

Banks Track


21 Rankers Reviews

19 Face-to-Face

7 Akaroa

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NZ's Original Private Walking Track

Experience NZ's outdoors without the crowds.
Choose between the Banks Track Classic Three Day Walk and the Banks Track Two Day Hikers Option.
Stay in two separate penguin colonies.
Enjoy hot showers and flush toilets.
Private Room Option, Sleeping Bag Hire and Pack Cartage Options are available.

Walk from the summit to the sea with views across the extinct Akaroa volcano, around Banks Peninsula's rugged landscape and across the Pacific Ocean. Walk through forest and farmland, along coasts and cliff faces, and amongst the flora and fauna of "our backyard".

Join us on Banks Peninsula's "Wildside" to see and feel the rural NZ environment.


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South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


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Operating Season And Hours

Track open from October to April each year.
Booking Office open all year.


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Kay Simpkin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised with well equipped quirky accomodation enroute. Lots of beautiful scenery, wildlife but a lot of ups and downs for the knees!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Simon Dauwe


Ranking: 8/10

Great drive through the Peninsula, awesome views!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Elien Dauwe


Ranking: 8/10

Great first introduction to the beautiful scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Amazing views and serene atmosphere.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Nick Lancy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Each day and walk was unique. Coastal walks, forest and farmland. Very scenic. Huts unique, penguins, stars, swing, sea lions. Must do.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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United States

Ranking: 10/10

Do the four day tramp because night #3 is magical. Bathtub under the stars, giant swing, gorgeous garden.....incredible. The walk itself is also amazing in its beauty and variety. Bush, river, ocean side cliffs, pasture land you get it all. My #1 favourite walk in the country. Do not miss the penguin viewing at night in New Zealand. And buy the dinner on night #1 - delish!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nils Erdweg


Ranking: 10/10

Cool nature and beautiful huts.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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D Esson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful walk (tough walking down again) - views superb - 4 days better than 2 for older 50+ persons, luggage can be taken on.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Marian Stolker


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice track, well organised (good company, but you cannot choose your travelmates except the ones you travel with so that doesn't count).

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012