Stacey Banfield

Christchurch Based Makeup Artist & Blogger

Onawe Peninsula Track

Wander Often – Wander Always


As always it’s another day, another adventure with us and today’s took us to the Onawe Peninsula. Although the weather was cold and a little gloomy, it didn’t stop the beauty of the view that surrounded us from the moment we hopped out of the car. Onawe Peninsula is situated 1hr 20min from Christchurch, and is most commonly known as the site of a Ngai Tahu pa, not only that but it’s also a Volcanic plug inside the Akaroa Harbour.

When you first arrive at the carpark you are greeted with quite a steep entrance, you can either choose to walk the narrow ridge to the main track clearance or you can take the easier way across the rocky shoreline. Keep in mind this track needs to be done when the Tide is OUT!, (if you aren’t wanting to live life a little on the edge with the ridge option that is), or you most definitely will end up with wet feet.


We chose to take the ridge on the way up, the views were breathtaking and it totally gets the adrenaline going. The track is super narrow and is quite slippery so make sure you have the appropriate footwear on, I wouldn’t recommend walking the cliffs if the area has had a lot of rain you will most probably end up on your butt LOL! Once you get past the ridges you are greeted with a super wide grass track which takes you onto the Pa.

The Pa is sacred land so please do be respectful, take any rubbish away with you and they do also ask that no eating is to be done up there. It’s a nice scenic walk up the grassy track, and from the start there is an incline pretty much the entire way up. Once you reach the base of the summit you can choose to go around either side of the hill to get to the top or you can take the track straight up the middle.

Once you reach the top you have a 360 view like no other, surrounded by the ocean and rolling hills, this would be even more picturesque i bet on a super clear day (I will totally be returning in the Spring!) There’s lots of cool spots to take a few photos, and most of all to just sit back and relax. Nothing beats the fresh air and a stunner of a view right!

The best part about the Banks Peninsula is there are so many great tracks in the area, so if your looking to explore this is a great place to start. As always i will continue to keep you all up to date with places and tracks that you need to put on your Must Do list within NZ!

How To Get There From Christchurch – It’s so easy to get here, literally pop Duvauchelles into your google maps, then once you hit the settlement take your first right after the Devauchelles Pub on the corner. Follow the narrow gravel road past the wharf and where the road veers in two directions take a slight left and you will see the carpark!


If you do this track after seeing this post please do tag me in your pics, I would love to see how your adventure goes! xx



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