Our most popular Three Day Classic Walk takes you on a journey through forest and farmland, over the rim of an extinct volcano and into otherwise inaccessible bays. Your packs will be carted for you as you walk at your own pace along the coast and cliffs of two marine reserves, have the opportunity to take part in a free penguin tour (in season) and traverse working farms working towards conservation.

Optional extras on the Three Day Classic Walk include the opportunity to book a kayak trip in Pohatu Marine Reserve and the option to book a Private Room. 

Over three days and three nights you complete a 31 km journey that starts and finishes in picturesque Akaroa.

You will walk across private farmland, along the coast of Banks Peninsula’s south east corner, passing the Pōhatu Marine Reserve, through land reserves including Tutakakahikura and Hinewai Reserves, past penguin, gull and shearwater breeding colonies and through our back yards. The diversity of scenery, flora and fauna, accommodation and views combine to create a stunning experience, one that many people return to enjoy. 

Cartage of one pack per walker is included in the Three Day Classic Walk. Your packs will be carried from accommodation to accommodation. If you require further items carted, please add it as an extra to your order. 

Banks Track – Three-Day Walk Itinerary

5.30 pm pick up (on your booking start date – you begin walking the next day) outside Akaroa’s old Post Office, 80 Rue Lavaud.

Prior to 5.30 pm those with their own transport will need to park their vehicle at Mount Vernon Lodge and allow 30 minutes to walk back to the pick-up point.

Paul or Mafi (your bus drivers) will brief you on the key points of the next few days and answer your immediate questions. At this point you will be given a printed guide to the route (this also acts as your ticket so please keep it with you), which is full of useful information about the walk.

The bus will transport you to Onuku Trampers Hut, a 20 minutes drive.

The first night’s accommodation is at the Onuku Trampers Hut.

The following day: Onuku to Flea Bay – 5-7 hrs walking.

You will climb from Onuku Trampers Hut , through farmland to Trig GG at 699m, over the rim of the extinct volcano and down into Flea Bay through the Tutakakahikura Reserve. This second night’s accommodation is at the Flea Bay Cottage where drinks and chocolate bars are available for purchase (cash only). A free penguin tour is available in the evening during the penguin breeding season – information about this is in the cottage.

The following day: Flea Bay to Stony Bay -3-5 hrs walking.

From Flea Bay you walk along the coast of the Pohatu Marine Reserve, through a Little Blue Penguin breeding colony and around the headlands to Stony Bay. This night’s accommodation is at the Stony Bay Cottages. Full trampers shop supplies are available (cash only). There is no electricity here so ensure you have charged batteries the night before.

The final day: Stony Bay to Akaroa –5-7 hrs walking.

This includes walking through some of Hinewai Reserve, back over the rim of the extinct volcano and down into Akaroa. Most walkers arrive in Akaroa in the early afternoon.

Optional extras – private room, sleeping bag hire, and luggage storage.

The season runs from 1st October to 30 April.

Key Info

  • alarm Duration: 4320
  • person Age: All Ages
  • people Group Size: Min 1

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  • Available for all ages
  • Packages start from NZ$255.00pp

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