Walkers on Heaphy Track
Image: Miles Holden | ©


Take a walk, a Great Walk, through some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on premier walking tracks.

New Zealand's Great Walks are premier tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys...there's a Great Walk for everyone!

Great Walks tracks are well formed and easy to follow. While most people prefer to explore on their own terms, guided trips offer a bit more comfort. Great Walks are accessible from major towns that are well serviced by local operators and accommodation and transport providers.

Formed in 1992 as a means to protect these special places, this year marks their 30th anniversary. Join us in celebrating 30 Years of Great Walks.

Great Walks bookings are currently open for the 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023 season.

Opening dates for 2023/24 bookings

Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. Opening dates will be announced on this page in late March 2023.

All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.

Great Walks pricing for summer

There is different pricing for international and New Zealand visitors on most Great Walks.

DOC staff will be doing random checks at visitor centres and huts to ensure people have paid the correct fee. If you are claiming the New Zealand rate, be prepared and take the required identification

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