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The Great Walks of New Zealand

What are the great walks?

The Great Walks of New Zealand are nine hiking tracks through some of the most beautiful scenery that the country has to offer. Consequently they are some of the busiest tracks in the country too. The tracks and huts are all maintained to a high standard by the Department of Conservation, a branch of the New Zealand Government. Some huts have a DOC warden stationed in them during the busy summer season.

To prevent over-crowding in the huts, there is a booking system for some of the Great Walks and places in the huts can be booked through the DOC website or by contacting any DOC information centre. The hut fees on the Great Walks are also considerably higher than standard hut fees ranging from $15 a night per person on the Rakiura track up to $45 on the Routeburn, Milford and Kepler tracks.

Please note that despite these tracks being well-maintained they are located in a wilderness environment and the user should ensure that they are prepared for all eventualities - at the least weather forecasts should be checked and track conditions confirmed before setting out.

Great Walks Info

Name Distance (kms) Time (days) Bookings Hut Fees
(per person per night)
Lake Waikaremoana 46 3 to 4 Required all year round $25 adult, child free
Tongariro Northern Circuit 403 to 4 Not required $25 adult, child free ($10 adult off peak June to October)
Whanganui River Journey 145 5 Not required $10 adult, $5 child
Abel Tasman Coast Track 52 3 to 5 Required all year round $30 adult, child free ($12 adult, child free May to September)
Heaphy Track 78.4 4 to 6 Required all year round $25 adult, child free ($15 adult, child free May to September)
Milford Track 53.5 4 Required in peak season (October to April) $45 adult, child free ($15 adult, child free May to September)
Routeburn Track 32 3 Required in peak season (October to April) $45 adult, child free ($15 adult, child free May to September)
Kepler Track 60.1 3 to 4 Required in peak season (October to April) $45 adult, child free ($15 adult, child free May to September)
Rakiura Track 36 3 Not required $15 adult, child free

Please note prices reflect changes in fees from 1st July 2008.


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