New Zealand Great Walks

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Map of the Great Walks of New Zealand
One of many beaches on the Abel Tasman Coast Track
An alpine section of the Kepler Track

The New Zealand Great Walks are a set of popular tramping tracks. They are New Zealand's premier tracks, through areas of some of the best scenery in the country. The tracks are maintained to a high standard, making it easier for visitors to explore some of the most scenic parts of New Zealand's backcountry.

The backcountry huts are conveniently located, comfortable, well-equipped, and high capacity. Both the huts and tracks on the Great Walks are of a higher standard than other tramping tracks in the country. These tracks are very popular with overseas visitors, partly due to their heavy promotion by the Department of Conservation and tourism operators. Many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure. Guided walks are available through private operators along many of the walks.

There is no charge nor any permit required for walking access to the Great Walks. Charges and restrictions apply, rather, to overnight accommodation, whether in huts or tents.

List of routes[edit]

North Island

The Whanganui Journey in Whanganui National Park is not a walk at all, but rather a kayak voyage along New Zealand's longest navigable river. It is however managed under the Great Walks system.

South Island

Stewart Island / Rakiura

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