Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


This walkway follows the eastern side of Pigeon bay out to the head of the bay and has spectacular coastal views.

Track overview

14 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr return Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

Pigeon Bay Walkway is closed from 20 July to 20 November each year for lambing. 

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This walkway follows the eastern side of Pigeon bay out to the head of the bay. There are several stiles to cross fences, but the track is a slight incline from sea level up to the end point. 

Pigeon Bay Walkway features spectacular coastal views, tītoki trees, akeake, and native passion vine/kōhia at their southern limits.

It is well signposted and follows a grassy vehicle track of easy grade.

Getting there

Follow Akaroa Highway to Hilltop, then turn left along Summit Road to the Pigeon Bay Road turnoff. Follow this road to the coast, turn right on to Wharf Road. The walking track starts at the end of Wharf Road, by the yacht club building.

Know before you go

  • There is significant fall risk at the end of the track. Take care. 
  • The walkway travels over private land. Be respectful of the farming operations.
  • No camping or mountain biking. 

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   31 Nga Mahi Road, Sockburn
Christchurch 8042
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8042
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