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A unique and wonderful escape in one of New Zealand's hidden treasures

We so enjoyed our wonderful few days 'away from it all' in this lovely hidden part of the world... read more

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Brilliant - But do not underestimate the fitness required to enjoy this walk.

I would opt for the three day option if possible. Firstly to really enjoy what each stop has to... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2019
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

A little bit of heaven. That's what this track is. Thank you to the farmer families who run it. Whether you're into 'real hiking' (sleeping on a mat or bad mattress and eating dry frozen meals) or if you're more of the glamping kind of person....this is great. Beautiful and diverse scenery but the huts and cabins are a slice of heaven. So very comfortable and just adorable actually.

At the second hut (for the 4-day walkers) you can go kayaking for free in the morning with a guide and the evening before you can join in seeing the penguins.

A must do on your trip to NZ

Date of experience: February 2018
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Tricia H, Administrator at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your walk...and we agree, living out here on Banks Track is "a little bit of heaven".

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Have done a few hikes around Kiwi land by now and can definitely say this one sits at the top in terms of experience. Because it's paid and private, there is relatively low foot traffic (compared to the other big hikes in NZ). Actually, scratch that, there was almost NO foot traffic. Bless. We did the 2-day option... hiking trail was perfect in terms of scenery, physical challenge, and accommodation. Both sleeping lodges had so much character. On the first night there are these little star-gazing huts to chill at... secluded from everyone else. On the 2nd night, we soaked in the outdoor bath, drinking wine (purchased from the seriously cute store on site), and watched the stars. There's also a cute little museum, and a penguin that lives under the cabin. No joke.

A must-do if you're around Akaora / Christchurch!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Tricia H, other at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor. We are pleased your expectations were met...and we love that the penguin has taken up residence under one of our cabins as well, it adds to that character of the valley.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Stunning 3 day hike. Online it is described as an easy first timer tramp, however I am assuming due to recent track changes, it is a fairly full on 3 days of walking, with some tough up hill climbs. Those going in with little-to-no experience may be put off, as it is tougher than the not recent online descriptions make it out to be. Two of our group had pack cartage for day 1 and 3 - would recommend if you aren't yet a competent tramper or have some niggly injuries that may not do so well on up or down hill!
We were picked up in Akaroa and driven out to our first hut. A 2 min walk in to a fantastic kiwi style hut. Amazing views out over the Akaroa Harbour where you can watch cruise ships coming and going. They have stargazer huts free for anyone - get in quick as I can highly recommend staying in these so you can look up at the stars at night!
Our first day of walking saw an early start, straight into an up hill slog. Beautiful views, be prepared for wind! Shelter and loo at the top were made the most of. The track then winds through the bush down into Flea Bay - lots of waterfalls, take your time to explore the side tracks. The last waterfall you can climb behind - very refreshing!
Accommodation in Flea Bay was a bit sub-par. Located in an old sharers quarters in a beautiful bay, however was quite tatty. Old furniture, squeaky bunks. A bit thrown together.
We joined the penguin tour that night - free for trampers to join, with a couple of van loads of tourists being driven over from Akaroa. The family seemed very passionate and we got to see about 10 rescued penguins being fed! We then got taken to a lookout spot. Unfortunately we were there just after Penguin season so we only saw one small group waiting out the dusk light before coming ashore. Four penguins from the families rehab center were ready for release so we also got to witness two heading out to sea, and two who definitely did not want to be released yet!
Day 2 was meant to be the easy day - we were unprepared for the amount of hills! Lots of beautiful cliff side walking, looking down at caves which were home to a huge seal colony.
The third and final hut/s were an absolute jem! So much thought had gone in to the different areas - cosy two bed cabins, plus a couple of bunk rooms in the main cottage. Fully stocked 'store' with everything from fresh veges, eggs, steaks, sausages, milk, yoghurt, beer, wine. Even ice creams for dessert! Run off an honesty box so make sure you bring cash! Two outdoor baths, and home made pool table with stick for cue, campfire and bbqs. We had a wonderful newyears eve, and created a well-earned feast on the bbq!
Day 3 starts with a beautiful sloping stroll across farmland following a stream, then into a very tough up hill climb! Would say well worth it for the views, however we hit a misty day Unfortunately! Shelter and loo at the top were very new and very welcome! Over the peak and down into Akaroa to find a coffee and drive back into town.
A wonderful tramp, but be prepared for some big climbs and descents. Amazing views, some really neat wildlife and quirky places to stay! A beautiful part of nz, and a mostly wonderfully organised tramp. Thanks to the families who made it all possible, and who let us roam their land!

Date of experience: January 2018
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Tricia H, other at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Thank you for your review. We have given consideration to your comments about the challenge of walking our Banks Peninsula hills and altered the wording on the website to reflect this.
How exciting that you got to see the rescue penguins being released...it's such a joyful time knowing that with a little intervention the team at Flea Bay were able to help those chicks that were struggling and would not have survived.
We are pleased you enjoyed your Banks Track experience, and appreciate you taking time to give us your feedback.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Just finished three wonderful days on the Banks Peninsula Track. As well as the obvious beauty of the area and diversity of landscapes as we went the organisation and facilities were great. All three nights accommodation were excellent with the Stony Bay Cottages being a special treat. That was truly a magical place with so much thought, creativity, care and attention go into it. Luckily you've got to walk the track to experience it or it would be over run!
The families that make this track possible by letting people walk over their land, providing shelter or facilities are to be applauded; after 20 odd years I certainly hope they've been awarded! A special thanks to those that created the new third day making the continuation of this walk possible. There was also such a lovely group of people on it that was a bonus. Add it to your 'must do' walking list, do a few hills in preparation and immerse yourself in the BP Track experience.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Tricia H, other at Banks Track, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give us such positive feedback. We are always happy to hear that you enjoyed our "backyard". It inspires us to continue offering the Banks Track experience.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

We really enjoyed the views during this multiple day walk.
Especially the cliffs were stunning. Also the fern gully (very green & with some waterfalls) was picturesque! At least we took a lot of pictures!
We saw quite a few seals and about 6 hector dolphins as well.
Descriptions are limited but it is easy to follow the track with the map you receive (just follow the arrows, white sticks & white markers).
We booked the private hut for 2 nights, but there was a double booking so we could not enjoy it - too bad they did not inform us beforehand. Also did not offer to compensate for extra amount paid.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Fien D
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