Welcome to Banks Peninsula, home of The Hector’s dolphins and eco-tourism pioneers Black Cat Cruises

Banks Pensinsula Festival of Walking

Established by the local residents of Banks Peninsula, the walking festival was created to share thier passion for this special place with those from the wider community.

What’s it all about?

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The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival offers guided walks all over the peninsula including lyttelton, Little River, Akaroa and the outer bays. The guides, who are all volunteers, bring a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, which makes each walk a truly unique experience. It’s a one off opportunity to  gain guided access to tracks, reserves and private land.

Because of the success in recent years, for 2014 the festival has been extended to take in the four weekends of November. This will allow more opportunity for  more people to do the walks they want.

Participants will enjoy refreshing walks, and are guaranteed to have an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this fantastic land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.



Who can join in?

Everyone! There are walks for all ages and fitness levels, covering everything from town, rural and wilderness walks.

Camping on Quail Island

camping on quail islandAs part of the festival this is also your one chance to spend a night camping on Quail Island! At Black Cat we often receieve queries regarding camping on the island which is a DOC site, however camping is not permitted at any time….until now.

On Saturday, November 22nd for one night only, you can. Bring your tent and some food for the BBQ that will be put on. There will even be games organised for kids. The price is $25 per adult and $12.50 for children. For more information on Quail Island click here.

There is even a Facbook page you can follow

It is essential that you pre-book you walk. Phone 03 328 9093

Event Information

  • Bookings are necessary for all walks.
  • Leaders are accomplished volunteers with a wealth of knowledge to share.
  • Participants are responsible for their own safety, equipment, food, clothing and vehicles.
  • Children under 10 can join a wlak forfree.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of your departure time.
  • To check for weather postponements/cancellations visit www.lyttelton.net.nz or call us on 328 9093