The Banks Peninsula’s distinctive shape is the result of two extinct shield volcanoes with one of the walls collapsed to create a long bay (Akaroa Harbour) into the interior of the crater. The town of Akaroa lies on the shoreline deep in the middle of the crater. The rim of the volcano stands above the town in a high, rugged arc. We stayed in Akaroa and hiked up to and along the rim trails.
The hike from Akaroa up to the highest spot on the rim is a climb of 801m (2628 feet). Various trails go up the valleys and ridges to the rim and a loop route is rated as an all-day hike. The Banks Peninsula Track is a two to four day tramp, using a bookable overnight hut.
The rim trail went over Stony Bay Peak to Purple Mountain.
Everywhere we hiked in New Zealand was rewarding, but we were only able to sample a few areas. We enjoyed Akaroa, but we left a week of hiking (country walking) on the Banks Peninsula for a return visit.