The Great NZ Walks

July 16th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Nick Smith just released visitor numbers for the nine Great NZ . In order they are:

  1. Abel Tasman 28,739
  2. Routeburn Track 12,917
  3. Kepler Track 10,358
  4. Milford Track 7,275
  5. Whanganui Journey 6,260
  6. Heaphy Track 6,118
  7. Lake Waikaremoana 5,936
  8. Tongariro Northern Circuit 5,651
  9. Rakiura Track 3,619

Overall usage is up 9.5% to 86,873.

I’m doing the Heaphy, Tongariro and Milford walks this summer. Very much looking forward to them.

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14 Responses to “The Great NZ Walks”

  1. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    With the higher petrol taxes the crazy Nick Smith wants, all of NZ will soon become a Great Walk.

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  2. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    meanwhile criminals like Ben Swan get it good but the middle class never utter a word

    Strange how the middle class goes on and on about Tryvon cases but never murmur against their own

    “Parole a luxury ‘lifeline’ for Swann ”
    The wealthy do not get punished for their crimes, instead they get to live a life of luxury while they commit more crimes.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8922106/Parole-a-luxury-lifeline-for-Swan?cid=edm%3Astuff%3Adailyheadlines

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  3. anonymouse (710 comments) says:

    @DPF Are you doing to Tongariro circuit – – or the crossing, These figures don’t show how busy the crossing actually is

    Over 70K people doing it each year, and its the busiest walk in the country.
    http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/tongariro-alpine-crossing-to-re-open-next-month/

    The circuit includes going around Ngaruahoe ( and across Tongariro), its takes 2-3 days…

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  4. hmmokrightitis (1,586 comments) says:

    I hadnt known much about Kepler until I ran it a couple of years ago. Mind blowing. I stopped in the middle of the run, atop one of the ridgelines, on a gloriously clear, calm day, snow all around me, views down to the lakes below. Truly stunning.

    We are incredibly blessed with places like Kepler.

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  5. Lance (2,634 comments) says:

    @wiki business
    WTF?

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  6. 35pr17 (10 comments) says:

    should be “Whanganui journey” – but I would be pretty keen to do some Great walk up north :)

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  7. timl (8 comments) says:

    What about Queen Charlotte?

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  8. lazza (381 comments) says:

    Please add the (4 hr return/round trip) walk to the top of Mt Hobson, Great Barrier Island iHauraki Gulf in your top 10.

    If you miss this one you will miss a 150 nm all round view of The Poor Knights Island group to the North and the Great Mercury Island group to the south.

    DOC has done a truly magnificent job of its walkways, railings, protected birding sites, swing and standard bridging and rest areas/lookouts.

    Easy going for all ages and family groups.

    People who “have walked em all” rate it (honestly) … as the BEST.

    Suggestion: Schedule the Mt Hobson walk for the upcoming Summer.

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  9. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    I have walked Abel Tas, Waikaree and Heaphy. Whhhhhhanganui is a river trip isnt it?

    I have been told that Waikaree is the hardest physically, Heaphy was a doddle I could have easilly done the 80 odd kms in 2 days.

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  10. Ed Snack (1,848 comments) says:

    From my experience.ce they vary a lot. Abel Tasman and Routeburn easiest, Milford a surprising amount harder, much longer days (16-18 km) opposed to 10-12, and the path is worse, just IMHO. Keep meaning to do Waikarimoana but have only done the side track to Sandy Bay. Heathy, I think I might bike that one winter.

    Hardest but not a great walk, the long Rakiura NW circuit, specially if you add Doughboy Bay, even more if you insist on walking right out instead of water taxi after the walk from Masons Bay (doesn’t apply if you do Doughboy though).

    Good on you David, great experiences even if in some cases of piss poor weather, it is nicest of all when you finish !

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  11. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    A great training run (tramp) would be either of the southern or norther Tararua crossings. Local and scienic!

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  12. bushbasher (14 comments) says:

    It’s great to see such strong support here for the conservation estate, just wish the current government had such a strong support for it too. While all is good an well on the great walks, the back country areas are being seriously neglected by this govt.

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  13. hane (69 comments) says:

    Public land is of course communism and you are hypocrites for supporting it. Why should I subsidise your recreation anyway? Sell the land, stick a toll booth at either end and let trampers pay the real costs. Those native forests could be a nice little earner for the government as well – pulp and paper factories are good for the economy and good for unemployment. Milford Sound could be the next Pegasus if it weren’t for you damn dirty selfish socialists.

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  14. bushbasher (14 comments) says:

    Hane you forget that a the vast majority of NZ’s tourism rests on the conservation estate (the basis of NZ’s “100% pure” image. Not to mention all the private businesses that benefit from running their operations on the conservation estate. Then there is the meat that hunters can harvest from it, the rainfall yield from high country tussock, the social and health benefits from trampers, hunters and anglers utilising it. Oh and don’t forget you will need to repeal s4 of the Conservation Act which guarantees “free and unimpeded access”. Sorry hane. No toll boths. The cost to the government to administer the conservation estate? Less than $1 per hectare.

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