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The Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks are three of the Great Walks - amazing multi-day hiking adventures in the backcountry of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. Experience spectacular alpine scenery, from majestic peak to valleys, forests to tussocklands, and waterfalls to lakes.
Managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), these tracks are well graded and take 3-4 days to hike. The best time to go is from late October to late April, the Great Walks season, when DOC rangers are also present. Bookings for Great Walks huts and campsites are essential.
These walks are all accessible from either Queenstown or Te Anau, where DOC Visitor Centre staff can help you plan and prepare.
Walkers need to be self-sufficient, well-prepared and equipped for the changeable alpine weather. Bring a pair of good boots, appropriate outdoor clothing, enough food, and a sense of adventure!
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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.