The best kept secret walkways in New Zealand, and only 30 minutes from Christchurch
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect minimal walking on public roads, and the walkway tracks are well maintained. In most cases you will encounter very few other people which is surprising given the proximity to the city. The walks are truly New Zealand's best kept walking secret.
The guided experience starts and ends in the Central City where you will be met and transported to and from the walkway. The entire day including the walk and lunch should take approximately 6 hours allowing ample time to enjoy the clean green environment.
Starting points for the walk are at the picturesque suburbs of Sumner, Lyttelton and Cashmere which allow an opportunity to experience these parts of the city en route. Our Guides will determine the most appropriate walk on the day.
The walks allow flexibility of distance and time but should involve approximately 3 hours walking at a comfortable pace. You should be able to complete the walks with a basic level of walking fitness. Each includes hill walking, but fit the description of comfortable rambling rather than serious tramping. The walks cater for both.
Good walking shoes and warm clothes and a sun hat are essential. We strongly recommend walking sticks or poles, and these can be hired from us on a daily basis at reasonable rates along with some wet weather clothing if required.
Our guides are familiar with the area and conditions and will provide a wealth of information en route relating to the history of the Flora, Fauna and Geology of this fascinating and historic area.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE
The highest point on Banks Peninsula is almost 1,000 meters. The Crater Rim is lower than this but the views are stunning.
Western Vistas include Christchurch City, the beautiful Pegasus Bay stretching north, with the majestic Southern Alps beyond.
Eastern Vistas include the serene Lyttelton harbour which nestles inside the Volcano Crater, and the wide open expanses of the wild Pacific Ocean and rugged coastline.