New Zealand’s first pri­vate walk­ing track cel­e­brates 30 years

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Where in the world can you tra­verse the rim of an an­cient vol­canic com­plex, with sweep­ing panora­mas out across open ocean and in­wards along an 8 mile vol­canic harbour? Where can you spend the night in­side a pri­vate white­flip­pered pen­guin sanc­tu­ary, see the world’s small­est dol­phins with their rounded fins, watch fur seals in num­bers and spot many rare land and ma­rine birds? Where can you walk through the fa­mous Fools and Dream­ers Hinewai, a 1500-hectare na­tive for­est re­serve, with its an­cient beech, tree ferns, fuch­sia and rapidly re­gen­er­at­ing na­tive flora and fauna? The an­swer: the Banks Track.

Cross­ing open farm­land, climb­ing crater rims, de­scend­ing into stream lines, this breath­tak­ing track on Banks Penin­sula was New Zealand’s first pri­vate walk­ing track and has re­cently cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary.

Whilst many of New Zealand’s other walks have be­come crowded, here only a max­i­mum of 16 walk­ers per day can set out, and walk­ers are able to tackle the track at their own pace, in their own time. Of­fer­ing a unique chance to re-en­gage with our nat­u­ral land­scape, and with no cell phone cov­er­age in the outer bays, this is true es­capism!

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