Banks Track
Multi-day ToursWalking ToursEco ToursHiking & Camping Tours
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NZ’s original private walking track is an excellent eco-tourism experience, offering diverse wildlife, scenery and hospitality. Each accommodation reflects the character, history and individuality of the track families. Two self-guided options offer you the comfort of hot showers and small numbers, combined with the independence of the freedom walker. A Kiwi favourite.
Akaroa, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Jim F
Auckland Central, New Zealand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very well presented track. We did the three day option so had our packs transported for us. Each accomodation was different with its own style. We liked Flea Bay because we could swim there after a hot day. There was no formal penguin tour, though other people seemed to be on one. However as North Islanders used to penguins we came across one anyway. We were careful not to disturb it. Also saw many seals & the birdlife was outstanding. Stony Bay buildings were quite quirky. Our walking companions were great. Only 4 others , we got to know them well.
Written 29 February 2024
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K7184GGbethe
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
Three beautiful, varied days of walking through parts of the Banks Peninsula that wouldn't be accessible otherwise. Stunning, stunning views every single day. Spotted dolphins and seals from the path on Day 2, as well as all sorts of birds on every day. The guide booklet was easy to follow, and the accomodation was different and special in its own way every night. Stony Bay was my favourite, I didn't want to leave!
Written 25 February 2024
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Safari09437325704
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
I had to cancel at short notice due to ill health making me unfit for the walk. I did not expect a refund, but there are no transfers to a new date offered either. Apparently transfers used to be offered but not any more. I would love to do this walk when I am well again but I don't want to pay twice.
Written 20 February 2024
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We are sorry you had to cancel your walk due to ill health and we hope you are feeling better soon. We usually offer transfers within the same season or try to find other options to accommodate everyone. Please know that we take your feedback seriously, and we will be looking into why this was not offered to you. We want to apologize for any inconvenience caused. Please get in contact with our office. We would be more than happy to discuss options.
Written 22 February 2024
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AmandaHare11
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
Had an amazing time on the hike. It had different terrain everyday, challenging sections all with beautiful scenery and cosy well equipped huts for your stay. Fully recommend
Written 20 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your positive experience on Banks Track with us!
Written 22 February 2024
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sugoiwagyu
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I did it 25 years ago. And now the 3rd time. It is still just great.
Upsolutely top that it is not overloaded. Met great people from all over the world and we got a team over the 3 days.
Highly recommended.
PS: Thank you very much for the gift voucher, awsome that you remembered that I was a guest in the first year. And congratulation to your 25th jubilee.
Written 12 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed hiking Banks Track once again and made friends with some fellow trampers along the way. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 17 February 2024
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joedaniels835
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
Could not recommend the Banks Peninsula Track enough. Beautiful vistas, from sweeping views of the volcanic peninsula to ancient beach forest swarming the fan tails. The accommodation is borderline luxurious for tramping huts and the process of booking, walking, collecting bags ETC was seamless. Very special memories and will definitely return for another hike in the years to come.
Written 5 February 2024
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It's great to hear that you had an amazing experience and enjoyed the views and accommodation. We look forward to having you back for another hike in the future!
Written 6 February 2024
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dkoutdoors2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Stunning views. Comfy accommodation. Friendly atmosphere. A treat to have gear transported! Overall a great experience.
Written 4 February 2024
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Thank you so much for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed Banks Track.
Written 6 February 2024
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annamartinphysio
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
unforgettable scenery. the accommodation was fabulous. having the packs transported was a treat. walk was with great people
Written 1 February 2024
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It sounds like you had a fantastic time on Banks Track. Thank you for your 5-star review.
Written 6 February 2024
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tonyfortune52
Reefton, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
An enjoyable walk although the cloud on the first was thick ,so no view. Must do it again sometime. The huts were great and the piano was a special addition in the two huts. Overall a great trip.
Written 30 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Hopefully, you'll have the chance to do it again and experience the view on the first day on a clear day.
Written 6 February 2024
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Colin P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Just ana amazing walk with suprioses along the way. We should not tell too much as it will ruin the suprises, but sufice to say that the last night was like staying in Rivendale!
Written 24 January 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.
Written 27 January 2024
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