Great Walks of New Zealand


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    INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAYS THROUGH SOME OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES

    Great Walks are the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) premier walking tracks passing through some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. DOC’s new independent walking packages are designed especially for visitors who want to spend less time planning and more time exploring!

    GREAT UNGUIDED WALKING AND CANOEING / KAYAKING OPTIONS!
    Independent walkers are unguided and carry all their own gear. Great Walks are on well graded tracks and easy to follow but walkers will need a reasonable standard of fitness to carry their pack over the climbs and descents of the beautiful rugged landscapes to each night’s accommodation. Those kayaking or canoeing should be comfortable paddling for a few hours a day.

    INDEPENDENT WALKING PACKAGES INCLUDE:
    • One night pre and post walk accommodation in comfortable 3 star accommodation
    • Transport to and from the track
    • Pre booked DOC Huts
    • Trip Notes including contacts for gear hire
    • Packages can be tailormade to suit your needs

    ABOUT DOC’S ACCOMMODATION
    DOC’s accommodation is communal with shared facilities. Walkers will need to carry all their own gear and equipment, food, cooking utensils and cook their own meals.

    Huts have:

    • Bunkrooms with communal sleeping arrangements
    • Mattresses are provided on individual or platform bunks but no bedding or pillows are provided
    • Toilet blocks have flush or vaulted toilets, hand basins (cold water only), but no showers.
    • Communal kitchen and dining areas with tables and bench seats
    • Cold running water and heating DOC rangers are present on the tracks and will be able to assist walkers with information about the track and the environment and help in emergencies.

    WHANGANUI JOURNEY 154km Whanganui National Park

    Journey by canoe down the Whanganui River as it winds its way from the mountains towards the Tasman Sea.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex National Park

    • 2 Nights accommodation at Whangnui National Park
    • Transport to Whakahoro returning from Pipriki
    • 3 Days Canoe Hire
    • 2 Nights DOC Huts.

     

    TONGARIRO NORTHERN CIRCUIT 43km Tongariro National Park

    Pass through volcanic craters, glacial valleys and emerald-coloured lakes in this World Heritage Area.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex National Park

    • 2 Nights accommodation at National Park
    • Return Transport to Whakapapa Village
    • 3 Nights in DOC Huts

    KEPLER TRACK 78km Fiordland National Park

    From the shores of the Southern Lakes and beautiful beech forest to spectacular alpine tussock.

    6 Days / 5 Nights Ex Te Anau

    • 2 Nights accommodation in Te Anau
    • Return Transport to Kepler Track
    • 3 Nights in DOC Huts

     

     

     

    ABEL TASMAN COAST TRACK 54km Abel Tasman National Park

    Experience the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by Kayak, overnighting in DOC Huts along the way.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex Nelson

    • 2 Nights accommodation in Nelson
    • Return Transport to Marahau
    • 3 days Kayak Hire
    • 2 Nights in DOC Huts

    HEAPHY TRACK 78km Kahurangi National Park

    Climb through beautiful beech forest, rolling areas of red tussock and podocarp forest, and emerge amongst roves of nikau palms.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex Nelson

    • 2 Nights accommodation in Nelson
    • Transport to Browns Hut,return from Kahaihai
    • 4 Nights in DOC Huts

     

     

     

    ROUTEBURN TRACK 32km Mount Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks

    Weave past glistening tarns, waterfalls and majestic lakes and admire alpine vistas into the vast Routeburn and Hollyford Valleys.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex Queenstown

    • 2 Nights accommodation in Queenstown
    • Transport to the Routeburn Shelter returning from Roadend
    • 2 Nights in DOC Huts

    MILFORD TRACK 53km Fiordland National Park

    Experience the stunning grandeur of the Milford Track including rugged mountain peaks, green rainforest, breath-taking sheer canyons and majestic waterfalls.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex Queenstown

    • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Queenstown
    • Return transport to Milford Track
    • 3 Nights in DOC Huts

     

     

    RAKIURA TRACK 32km Rakiura National Park

    Escape on an island adventure and exchange the hustle and bustle of mainland life for the tranquillity of the Rakiura Track on Stewart Island/Rakiura.

    5 Days / 4 Nights Ex Invercargill

    • 1 Nights accom. in Invercargill
    • Return flights to Stewart Island ex Invercargill
    • 2 Nights in DOC Huts & 1 Nights accom. on Stewart Island

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