What walks should be our next two Great Walks?

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DOC would like to hear which ex­ist­ing walks iwi, com­mu­ni­ties and other stake­hold­ers con­sider should be Great Walks, and why.

New Zealand is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its high­est growth ever in both pop­u­la­tion size and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor numbers.

The ex­ist­ing Great Walks are one of New Zealand’s best known na­ture­based ex­pe­ri­ences, and sev­eral of the walks are reach­ing their lim­its for ca­pac­ity at peak times. This is a rare op­por­tu­nity for DOC to de­velop two new Great Walks and cre­ate more ex­cep­tional vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent parts of New Zealand.

If you are in­ter­ested in sug­gest­ing a lo­ca­tion that would be ideal for one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, we in­vite your iwi, group or busi­ness to de­velop an in­tial pro­posal.

About the pub­lic en­gage­ment pro­cess

Host com­mu­ni­ties are an im­por­tant part of the Great Walks ex­pe­ri­ence. DOC is run­ning a pub­lic en­gage­ment pro­cess to en­cour­age iwi, com­mu­ni­ties and stake­hold­ers to suggest po­ten­tial Great Walks that can not only de­liver an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors, but where vis­i­tors can en­joy the Manaak­i­tanga of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

What places are be­ing con­sid­ered

We know there are good ideas for po­ten­tial new Great Walks be­ing spo­ken about. This pro­cess pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for these ideas to be as­sessed and eval­u­ated fairly.

The walks that will be de­vel­oped are yet to be con­firmed. We are tak­ing a customer-fo­cused ap­proach to en­sure that walks meet both vis­i­tor and com­mu­nity needs.

The walks se­lected will need to align with the ex­ist­ing Great Walks of­fer­ing and brand, and high­light the best of New Zealand’s land­scapes, and nat­u­ral and cul­tural val­ues that we’re not see­ing on other Great Walks.

These places also need to have strong sup­port and buy-in from their lo­cal com-

Tama Lakes walk - with views of three vol­canic peaks

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