Giants Gate Falls, Milford Track

Image: Graham Dainty | ©

Introduction

For the 2018/19 Great Walks season DOC is trialling the introduction of differential pricing for international visitors staying in huts and campsites on four of its most popular Great Walks.

The seven-month trial (from October 2018 to April 2019) will provide valuable information on the effectiveness of pricing as a tool to manage visitor pressure. It is also part of DOC’s work to set and maintain a fair pricing system for New Zealanders, recover costs and ensure the fees reflect the true value of these world-class walks.

The price increase will set hut and campsite fees for international visitors at a level approximately double the current price for Milford, Routeburn, Kepler and Abel Tasman Coast tracks. All other Great Walks will remain at current prices for everyone. 

Fees for international children 0-17 years will be applied and set to the same level as international adults on these Great Walks. New Zealand children remain free of charge. 

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