Walking in Akaroa & the Bays

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free.

Akaroa has a great selection of hikes, both short and long in the township and in the surrounding hills and bays. Most of the walks have spectacular views of the Akaroa harbour once you get up into the hills above the township.

Walks in the Akaroa area are made up of Village Walks in Council Reserves in the Akaroa Township, Country Rambles departing directly from Akaroa Township, Hinewai Reserve walks, Department of Conservation walks & private tracks outside Akaroa.

Village Walks

The village walks provide circular routes linking together the best of Akaroa, visiting its historic sites, its excellent view points, and its bush clad areas. They are signposted so that walkers using the brochures sold at the Akaroa i-SITE (Akaroa Adventure Centre).  

• L’Aube Hill/French Cemetery
• Garden of Tane
• Graves of the Garden
• Britomart Monument
• Stanley Park
• Settlers Hill
• Waekerle’s Green
• Akaroa’s bush backdrop
• Childrens Bay
•  Akaroa Historic Area

The Akaroa Walks with all relevant information can be found directly HERE. 

Country Rambles

These popular walks depart directly from Akaroa township. These walks vary from all day walks to 8 hours and most climb uphill behind Akaroa. These walks offer wonderful elevated views of the surrounding countryside and sea.

• Woodils North
• Woodils South
• Happy Hollow
• Round the Mountain
• Skyline Circuit

The walks out of Akaroa Township can be found HERE. 

Hinewai Reserve

20 kilometres of tracks through regenerating native forest & bush.  Hugh Wilson, Botanist & Manager of Hinewai has made it his life long project to turn once run-down gorse-infested farm back into native forest. Bird life prevails and waterfalls abound and there are great opportunities for people to walk the tracks. Hinewai is accessed 15 minutes drive up Long Bay road behind Akaroa Township.

Department of Conservation walks

Banks Peninsula was once a rich mosaic of plant and bird species, which human interference all but destroyed. The few pockets which survive as public reserves give some idea of the diversity that once typified Banks Peninsula. Many of these reserves are easily accessible, being close to the Summit Road. All are worth visiting as most have short walks and great picnic spots.

Banks Peninsula Track

2-4 day tramp open from October until May. The Banks Peninsula Track takes you beyond Akaroa to the remote outer bays of Banks Peninsula. This unique walk covers 35 km of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches. Its blend of whimsical and historical accommodation and a stunningly diverse track route will enchant and delight you as it has for walkers over more than twenty years.

The Akaroa Walk (Tuatara)

The Akaroa Walk is rapidly becoming an icon among New Zealand walking adventures. It is a 46km, three-day, guided walk from Christchurch to Akaroa. You travel along the Summit Ridge and across Banks Peninsula and included in their fully guided trips are accommodation, meals and luggage transport to make life comfortable.

Maps & Brochures

The Akaroa i-SITE (Akaroa Adventure Centre) has a walking map on the wall for you to help choose your walk. This page HERE has more information on all the akaroa walks and where you can get the brochures. Also you can purchase them from the Information Centre when in Akaroa.

So you won't get lost!

Only lost in thought while you enjoy spectacular scenery and some of the best birdlife in New Zealand.

After a day of exploring, Akaroa is the perfect place to wine, dine and relax.
www.akaroa.com is the web site to find all your information when travelling to this area. We have a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, where to eat, shop and what activities will entice you to stay longer.

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