Need to Know: What walks should be our next two Great Walks?

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - Sub­mit an ini­tial pro­posal by 30 Novem­ber 2017. Email: new­great­walks@ doc.govt.nz with the subject line “Ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est – New Great Walks”.

mu­ni­ties, be ready to wel­come and host vis­i­tors, and able to pro­vide or de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate tourism in­fra­struc­ture.

About Great Walks

The Great Walks are pre­mium mul­ti­day walk­ing ex­pe­ri­ences (3, 4 or 5 days) that show­case the best of New Zealand’s land­scapes, and nat­u­ral and cul­tural val­ues. The tracks are well formed and have higher stan­dard huts and fa­cil­i­ties.

There are cur­rently 9 Great Walks with an­other one in de­vel­op­ment on the West Coast. Ad­ding two new walks will re­sult in a to­tal of 12 Great Walks around New Zealand. DOC and Air New Zealand joined forces in April 2012.

This ma­jor na­tional part­ner­ship utilises DOC’s and Air New Zealand’s mar­ket­ing chan­nels to reach a big­ger au­di­ence than DOC can do alone. Air New Zealand sup­ports im­por­tant bio­di­ver­sity restora­tion projects on and near the Great Walks.

Rea­sons for de­vel­op­ing new Great Walks

Some Great Walks are in­creas­ingly crowded at peak times. New walks will cater for the grow­ing in­ter­est among New Zealan­ders and our in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors for ‘easy’ na­ture-based op­por­tu­ni­ties in spec­tac­u­lar New Zealand land­scapes. In many cases Great Walks are the flag­ship at­trac­tions in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the rea­son peo­ple visit. Great Walks can pro­vide sus­tain­able eco­nomic ben­e­fits to com­mu­ni­ties, and to pro­vide or de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate tourism in­fra­struc­ture. Great Walks also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to con­nect with con­ser­va­tion. Ad­ding two new Great Walks in­creases the ca­pac­ity to achieve this.

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