Banks Peninsula parks and reserves

Banks Peninsula has beautiful parks and reserves, offering many recreational opportunities. Explore this giant ancient volcanic remnant with its deeply indented bays, wild beaches, striking mountains and intriguing geological and human history.

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms



From Christchurch it only takes 90 minutes to get to Akaroa, one of the top tourist towns in Banks Peninsula. The journey is a scenic one, picturesque vistas will greet you at every turn and rise but take care as some roads are narrow and have steep drops on one side.

From around Akaroa, there are many other attractive beaches and seaside villages nearby such as Wainui, Okains Bay, Pigeon Bay

If you don't have a car, check out the Akaroa Shuttle(external link) for bus information.


If you are heading out walking or visiting some of the beautiful reserves and beaches in Banks Peninsula, make sure you check dog restrictions.

The Banks Peninsula is a rare area of biodiversity and dogs can be disruptive to native wildlife.


You will find free public toilets in Birdlings Flat, French Farm, Wainui, Akaroa, Takamatua, Okains Bay and Pigeon Bay.

Parks and Reserves

Park name Address Features
Green Point Reserve Beach Road, Akaroa Britomart Memorial, walkways
Garden of Tane Beach Road, Akaroa Bush walks, playground
Stanley Park Rue Lavaud, Akaroa Walkways
L’Aube Hill Reserve Rue Pompallier, Akaroa French Cemetery, bush walks
Akaroa Recreation Ground Rue Lavaud, Akaroa Slipway, playing fields, tennis courts, BBQ, toilets, skate park
Rue Balguerie Playground Rue Balguerie, Akaroa Playground, toilets
Akaroa Heritage Park Long Bay Road, Akaroa Walkways, botanical plantings
Robinsons Bay Reserve Old School Road, Robinsons Bay Walkways, native bush
Robinsons Bay Regional Park Monarch Drive, Duvauchelle Ngaio Point walkway
Little River Heritage Park SH 75 Little River Picnic tables
Birdlings Flat Playground Poranui Beach Road, Birdlings Flat Toilets, playground, beach
Le Bons Bay Domain Le Bons Bay Road Toilets, playground, tennis courts
Okains Bay Beach Okains Bay Road Toilets, campground, playground
Pigeon Bay Campground Wharf Road, Pigeon Bay Campground, toilets
Port Levy Old School Western Valley Road, Port Levy Toilets, swimming pool, tennis courts
Purau Foreshore Reserve Purau Avenue Beach, picnic tables
Purau Recreation Reserve Purau Avenue Toilets, playground
Camp Bay Beach Camp Bay Road Toilets, beach


Try our interactive walking map or below pages to see a number of popular walks in the Bank Peninsula.

The Rod Donald Trust website(external link) also offers great information about walking in the Banks Peninsula whether it be in Christchurch City Council reserves or those managed by the Department of Conservation and private land owners.

You can also pick up a detailed Rod Donald Trust brochure from the Akaroa i-Site(external link) for a small fee.