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Great Walks in Aotearoa New Zealand

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New Zealand’s ten Great Walksdoc.govt.nz – are premier hiking tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges, and vast valleys.

Launched in 1992, the Great Walks are the country’s most popular hikes and provide unparalleled access to some of the country’s most incredible natural landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage.

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North Island: Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Whanganui Journey
South Island: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Paparoa, Kepler Track
Stewart Island: Rakiura Track

The Great Walks network was established by the Department of Conservation in 1992 as a way to advertise hiking and also as a means of managing and conserving the most popular tracks which were increasingly being damaged by unrestricted tourism. There is no charge required for walking access to the Great Walks, however, charges apply for overnight accommodation at the huts or campsites.



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