Walking in Akaroa & the Bays

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula have 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 Akaroa Village Walks in Council Reserves in the Akaroa Township, Akaroa Country Walks 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

Akaroa Country Walks

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.

  • Heritage Park
  • Woodils North
  • Woodils South
  • Curry Track
  • Children’s Bay Farm Walkway (to the Rhino)
  • Newtons Falls.

Brochures and maps are available at the Akaroa I-SITE. 

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 Track

2-3 day tramp open from October until May. The Banks 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.

Maps & Brochures

The Akaroa i-SITE (Akaroa Adventure Centre) has a walking map on the wall for you to help choose your walk. 

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.

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