Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Coastal Walks

Explore the rugged coastline and soak up the stunning vistas of Banks Peninsula with a variety of short coastal walks. It is best to avoid high-tide to make the most of your experience.

Britomart Monument 

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Duration of walk: 1 hour circuit
Start location: Akaroa lighthouse

Key Highlights:

  • Akaroa Lighthouse and historical monument. The Britomart monument commemorates a key moment in New Zealand history, when the British proclaimed sovereignty over the South Island. Wonderful views over Akaroa harbour.

More information - Click on red number 7


Ngaio Point

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Duration of walk: 1 hour circular (allow extra times to enjoy beaches avoid high tide)
Start location: Take Highway 75 to the Okains Bay road crossroads and turn into the Ngaio Point subdivision on the headland. Park about 100m further along Monarch Drive in the lay-by on the left. The walk starts at the wire gate adjacent to the lay-by.

Key Highlights:

  • Wonderful views of the Akaroa harbour
  • Ideal for families with active children to take a beach picnic and go for a swim.

More information - Click on red number 4


Onawe

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Duration of walk: 1 hour there and back
Start location: Park at Duvauchelle Hotel car park and walk to Onawe.

Key Highlights:

  • Avoid at high tide
  • This is a sacred Maori site, please walk with respect and refrain from eating.
  • Interesting volcanic geological rocks and wonderful views over the harbour.

More information - Click on red number 5