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Akaroa Walk

Start:ChristchurchTours run:November - April (Sundays-fortnightly)
End:Christchurch
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Duration:3 days/3 nights
US$1,210.74
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The Akaroa Walk is an icon among New Zealand walking tours. At 39 km, it is a very achievable journey over 3 days of fantastic scenery, taking you from Christchurch, the Gateway to the South Island, to the charming historic settlement of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.

This New Zealand walking tour offers spectacular panoramic views from the crest of the Godley Head and Crater Rim walkways, a stroll amongst ancient totara forest on the Otepatotu Reserve Track and a close-up view of the twin volcanic craters of the Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours and the many smaller bays and coves that surround them.

The Banks Peninsula region is also host to a large number of bird species that shelter amongst the pockets of native trees and shrubs, while a marine mammal sanctuary in Akaroa Harbour protects the rare Hectors Dolphin. 

The Akaroa Walk incorporates some of the best historical walking tracks in Canterbury. Among these is the Bridle Path Track, the original route travelled by Christchurch’s first European settlers in their arduous journey from the port of Lyttelton to the settlement of Christchurch, carrying clothing, food, and all their earthly possessions. Now you can retrace their footsteps, albeit with only your day pack.

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Another walking trail surveyed as a traveller’s road but never constructed is the Summit Road Walkway, used by turn-of-the-century farmers and landowners as they journeyed from bay to bay on Banks Peninsula. In the spirit of the early pioneers and accompanied by one of our informative local walking guides, you will learn about the forces of nature that shaped this stunning landscape and the people that came to tame it, the legacy of the early Maori inhabitants and the influence of the French and English colonists still evident today.  

Akaroa is a delightful place to spend a few days after your walking tour, consider extending your stay and enjoy a few days exploring the village at leisure, with its many fine galleries, craft shops and cafes.  Your Akaroa Walk experience includes return transport to Christchurch at the end of your journey as well as all meals on tour, portage of luggage so you only need walk with a day pack and accommodation each night in locally owned and operated Lodges and motels


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Dates For This Summer


2017
  • November: 5,22
  • December: 3,17
2018
  • January: 7,21
  • February: 4,18
  • March: 11,25
  • April: 8,15
We can build a tour especially for you or your group.


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Akaroa Walkers Said...


“We have done 5 other catered walks and rate this one right up there with any of the others.Well organised,great itinerary,great guide. Food exceptional and excellent accommodation"

Diane and Stephen, U.S.A,
March 2017

"Really enjoyed the sense of having achieved the goal without too much difficulty. The tour was well organised and everything seemed to flow seamlessly. Well done!"

Rosemary, NSW, December 2016
 

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Tours run:November - April (Sundays-fortnightly)
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Akaroa Walk


It's all here!

The Akaroa Walk is a truly unique and exciting way to explore Banks Peninsula and its surrounds.


Spend time in paradise with native birds, plants and fabulous company, as well as huge panoramic landscapes that are unique to the area whilst completing your journey from Christchurch to Akaroa.
 

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Day 1: Christchurch to Diamond Harbour


The Akaroa Walk begins with a walk briefing in Christchurch where you meet fellow walkers and your friendly guide.

After a picturesque drive along the Summit Road you will arrive at Godley Head, which is the start of your 12km walk on day one. You will walk along the historical Godley Head Walkway and then onto the Crater Rim Walkway, on the way enjoying commanding views of Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch City.

You then make your descent into the port town of Lyttelton on the famous Bridle Path. Your walk follows the route of the first settlers to Christchurch who arrived in Lyttelton in 1850 and left from here to establish the city of Christchurch.

From Lyttelton you catch a ferry to your accommodation in Diamond Harbour.
 



Day 2: Diamond Harbour to Duvauchelle


Today you will cover a distance of 16.5kms. The track leads you up to Mt Fitzgerald where you will experience unsurpassed panoramic views of the small, secluded bays of Banks Peninsula. From the summit you will follow undulating walkways to Mt Sinclair where the scenery continues to unfold below you. In particular, you will delight in seeing Port Levy, Pigeon Bay, Lake Forsyth and (in the distance) Kaitorete Spit. You will also get your first glimpse of Akaroa Harbour and the Onawe Peninsula.

Your accommdation this evening is a charming B&B in Duvauchelle, with grand views the length of Akaroa Harbour.
 


Day 3: Duvauchelle to Akaroa


The total walking distance today is approximately 11.5km.

After a transfer from Duvauchelle, along the Summit Road above Akaroa Harbour we take a short walk amongst the totara forest on the Otepatotu Reserve track to warm up your legs. From the Otepatotu Reserve its on to the old Le Bons Bay access track by which we descend into Takamatua and then walk to your accommodation in Akaroa via Childrens Bay. You should have time to enjoy the sights of Akaroa township for the remainder of the afternoon.

Tonight you will gather and celebrate the completion of the walk at one of Akaroa’s best restaurants... where you will relax and reminisce about your successful trip across Banks Peninsula.

The following morning we transport you back to Christchurch by bus. You will be dropped off outside the Museum in Rolleston Avenue. If you wish to be dropped off at the airport instead please notify us at the time of booking.
 


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5.5 Hrs, 12 KM

Dates For This Summer


2017
  • November: 5,22
  • December: 3,17
2018
  • January: 7,21
  • February: 4,18
  • March: 11,25
  • April: 8,15
We can build a tour especially for you or your group.


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Akaroa broch-865-789-373

 



Akaroa Walkers Said...


“We have done 5 other catered walks and rate this one right up there with any of the others.Well organised,great itinerary,great guide. Food exceptional and excellent accommodation"

Diane and Stephen, U.S.A,
March 2017

"Really enjoyed the sense of having achieved the goal without too much difficulty. The tour was well organised and everything seemed to flow seamlessly. Well done!"

Rosemary, NSW, December 2016
 

What's Included

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Akaroa Walk

 

Accommodation

 
Day One
 
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation with local hosts. Comfortable private rooms with shared bathrooms.
Day Two
 
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation with local hosts. Comfortable private rooms with shared bathrooms.
Day Three
 
  • Waterfront accommodation in self-contained units with ensuite facilities.
Please note accommodation is double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee of $338 per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.
 
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

Alcohol is not included in the tour cost, but is available for
purchase with your evening meal on nights 1, 2 and 3.



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Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.



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Exclusive to Tuatara Tours - Tour Kit Bag

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a calico kit bag full of useful goodies on the morning of your tour departure.

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Your Tour Kit Bag Contains the Following

Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours cap
  • Tuatara Tours cup
  • Tuatara Tours drink bottle
  • Tuatara Tours hand sanitiser
  • Tuatara Tours tissues
  • Tuatara Tours lip balm and sunblock
  • Tuatara Tours emergency whistle
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
  • Bag of Tuatara energy plus confectionary
Contents may vary from time to time!  


Luggage


Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour.

All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch.

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What Do I Bring


For your own safety there are a few things that you must bring yourself:
  • Footwear with good ankle support – we recommend good hiking boots
  • Thermal top wool or polypro
  • Thermal bottom wool or polypro or long trousers
  • Waterproof parka with hood
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Fleece jacket or woollen jersey
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Medium size day pack
Other things we recommend you bring are:  
  • Woollen socks
  • Dressing gown
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Drink bottle – at least one litre capacity (we supply you with one bottle, but you may wish to bring another)
  • Swim wear
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent
  • Flannel
  • Camera and charger
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister block or similar, Motion sickness medication, anti-histamines for bee stings
  • Casual attire for the evenings
  • Any other personal items
  • Your sense of humour
   


Safety and Risk Management


To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

Dates For This Summer


2017
  • November: 5,22
  • December: 3,17
2018
  • January: 7,21
  • February: 4,18
  • March: 11,25
  • April: 8,15
We can build a tour especially for you or your group.


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Akaroa broch-865-789-373

 



Akaroa Walkers Said...


“We have done 5 other catered walks and rate this one right up there with any of the others.Well organised,great itinerary,great guide. Food exceptional and excellent accommodation"

Diane and Stephen, U.S.A,
March 2017

"Really enjoyed the sense of having achieved the goal without too much difficulty. The tour was well organised and everything seemed to flow seamlessly. Well done!"

Rosemary, NSW, December 2016
 

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Dates For This Summer


2017
  • November: 5,22
  • December: 3,17
2018
  • January: 7,21
  • February: 4,18
  • March: 11,25
  • April: 8,15
We can build a tour especially for you or your group.


btn enquire

 
Akaroa broch-865-789-373

 



Akaroa Walkers Said...


“We have done 5 other catered walks and rate this one right up there with any of the others.Well organised,great itinerary,great guide. Food exceptional and excellent accommodation"

Diane and Stephen, U.S.A,
March 2017

"Really enjoyed the sense of having achieved the goal without too much difficulty. The tour was well organised and everything seemed to flow seamlessly. Well done!"

Rosemary, NSW, December 2016
 

History

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Akaroa Walk - Free Field and History Guide

On the Akaroa Walk we provide you a comprehensive field and history summary of Banks Peninsula and Akaroa to refer to on your trip.
 
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  • Geology
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  • Flora
  • Did You Know?
  • Maori History
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People


Man has inhabited the Banks Peninsula area for about 1,000 years. The first people to come here were the seafarers in canoes from Polynesia, known as the Moa Hunters. Over time, several waves of Maori descended upon the area. In the late 16th Century the Moa Hunters were overcome by the southward migration of the Ngati Mamoe, who in turn were overcome by the Ngai Tahu.

When Captain James Cook sighted Banks Peninsula in 1770, he thought it was an island and named it after his botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who was on board his ship Endeavour at the time.

In August 1838, Jean L’Anglois, the Commander of a French whaling ship, purchased what he believed to be the entire Banks Peninsula.

On 29th January 1840, two weeks prior to French and German settlers even leaving France for Banks Peninsula, Captain William Hobson had arrived in New Zealand and begun gathering signatures for the Treaty of Waitangi.

By the time Captain Charles Lavaud and his fifty seven French and six German settlers arrived in New Zealand on August 17th 1840, British Sovereignty had been declared over the whole of New Zealand and a British delegation had already been to Akaroa to gather southern signatures. The British Union Jack was hoisted for the first time in Akaroa on August 11th 1840, just six days before the French and German settlers arrived!


Flora and Fauna


On the Akaroa Walk, you will pass through a diverse variety of vegetation types, ranging from undisturbed totara forest to wide open tussock and grazing pastures.

The flora and fauna of the area has changed dramatically with about one third of the original plant life now gone... but there is still plenty of for you to savour over the 3 days of the Akaroa Walk
 
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Industry


In the past the major industries on Banks Peninsula were forestry milling until all the land was cleared in the early 1900's. Farming and Tourism are now the main concentrations of industry.

Fishing and fish farming are also currently undertaken.

 

Dates For This Summer


2017
  • November: 5,22
  • December: 3,17
2018
  • January: 7,21
  • February: 4,18
  • March: 11,25
  • April: 8,15
We can build a tour especially for you or your group.


btn enquire

 
Akaroa broch-865-789-373

 



Akaroa Walkers Said...


“We have done 5 other catered walks and rate this one right up there with any of the others.Well organised,great itinerary,great guide. Food exceptional and excellent accommodation"

Diane and Stephen, U.S.A,
March 2017

"Really enjoyed the sense of having achieved the goal without too much difficulty. The tour was well organised and everything seemed to flow seamlessly. Well done!"

Rosemary, NSW, December 2016
 
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