New Zealand’s Great Walks
Vast national parks and reserves occupy nearly one third of New Zealand's sparsely populated lands.
Energetic hikers can discover golden beaches, virgin bush, glacier-carved valleys and mountain passes in some of New Zealand’s more remote destinations.
Nine walking destinations have been designated ‘Great Walks’ by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC). These walks include Milford Track, Routeburn Track, the Kepler, Stewart Island's Rakiura Track, Tongariro National Park, Whanganui Journey and Lake Waikaremoana.
Apart from the coastal Abel Tasman Track in the northern South Island, the ‘Great Walks’ are in high country or mountain areas. Ranging in duration from two to six days, the tracks cover a variety of landscapes on safe, well maintained pathways.
New Zealand has a vast network of spectacular walkways and tracks providing access to unique wilderness areas and virgin rain forests.