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Exploring Akaroa by Foot

Short Walks in Akaroa

Walking is a popular activity on Banks Peninsula and it's no wonder, with charming vistas and stunning views to reward every footstep. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of the region.

Just 90 minutes' drive from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of Banks Peninsula's ancient volcano. Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll around the town or something more energetic, Banks Peninsula has a beautiful short walk for you.

Couple Walking Along the Waterfront at Akaroa

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Walks

Banks Peninsula offers a variety of walks with charming vistas and stunning views to reward every footstep. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of the region.
Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa-Nature’s Playground

There is so much to explore on the scenic 90 minute drive from Akaroa to Christchurch.

Track Closures and Access

Tracks may be closed from time to time due to lambing and maintenance. Information on all Akaroa walking tracks can be found here

Special thanks go to landowners who allow public access to their properties so we can enjoy these walks. If you are unfamiliar with walking on private land in New Zealand, please read the Outdoor Access Code.

Safety First

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip: Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.
  2. Tell someone: Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.
  3. Be aware of the weather: New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Metservice is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  4. Know your limits: It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.
  5. Take sufficient supplies: Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.