Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

18 October 2013

This year the Walking Festival – previously the Lyttelton Festival of Walking – expands to offer walks around the whole of Banks Peninsula. The festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of the Banks Peninsula over the weekends of 2nd - 3rd and 9th - 10th November.

Walks on offer range from historical township walks in Akaroa and Lyttelton to day and half day tramps and an overnight camp at Quail Island. Dr. Sam Hampton will lead a walk to Panama Rock and introduce the GeoPark proposal for the peninsula. Popular Lyttelton walks such as the Backyard Chickens will be on offer again, and foraging and botanical walks are available in both harbours.

The event, a collaboration with Akaroa District Promotions, Little River/Wairewa Community Trust and the Rod Donald Trust,  is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.

The Rod Donald Trust is offering guides and participants the opportunity to enter a photography competition with first prize a double pass for the Banks Peninsula track.

Bookings are necessary for all walks. Grab a programme from your local library or view it online at and give us a call at the Lyttelton Information Centre 03 328 9093 or email. to book your walks.