Following in the more recent tradition of lighter pack tramps (Queen Charlotte, Abel Tasman and Nydia Track), after my fall in the Tararuas in 2012, Graham and Cathy Thompson organised a Banks Penisular trip followed by some day trips in North-west Canterbury.
The Banks Peninsular Track is a private two or four day walk (we took the 4 day option), crossing private land run by the "Banks Peninsular Track Company", a wholly owned and operated a co-operative of neighbouring properties. Numbers are limited to 16 per day, accommodation is provided and food can be purchased at supply shops for trampers to cook in the fully equipped kitchens. See www.bankstrack.co.nz/ for details.
We got ourselves to Christchurch then by convoy to Akaroa where we were collected by a Banks Peninsular Track bus and taken close to Õnuku Farm Hostel. Trampers for Banks Peninsula: Ian Bardsley, John Sutton, John Barrell, Alan Rogers, Keith Blayney, Neil Taylor, Graham & Cathy Thompson. Joining us for Birch Hill: Verne Barrell.
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