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Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC
12 Oct 2022   /

Great Walks attract 73k visitors in 2021/22, demand still strong – DOC

Visitor numbers at high-volume destinations such as Great Walks during 2021/22 remains below pre-pandemic levels despite strong domestic demand, says DOC.


Commercial bookings take 1.4% of Great Walks availability – DOC
13 May 2022   /

Commercial bookings take 1.4% of Great Walks availability – DOC

Operators, businesses and agents accounted for 1.4% of all Great Walks bookings for the 2022-23 season, says DOC.


DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule
13 May 2022   /

DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule

The Department of Conservation has reopened a section of the Paparoa Track on the West Coast ahead of schedule.


Kiwis snap up 80% of Milford Track bookings
5 May 2022   /

Kiwis snap up 80% of Milford Track bookings

Around 80% of the 7,480 Milford Track bookings for the 2022-23 season came from New Zealanders, says the Department of Conservation.


Milford Track books out in minutes as internationals return
3 May 2022   /

Milford Track books out in minutes as internationals return

Milford Track booked out in a quarter of an hour this morning after the Department of Conservation opened reservations for its 2022-23 Great Walks season.


Great Walks suffer 17% fall in overnight visitors over summer
28 Apr 2022   /

Great Walks suffer 17% fall in overnight visitors over summer

The decline has hit DOC in the pocket with revenue from its flagship experiences suffering.


Watch: Celebrating 30 years of Great Walks
26 Apr 2022   /

Watch: Celebrating 30 years of Great Walks

Get ready for the opening of bookings for Great Walks 2022-23.


DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%
8 Mar 2022   /

DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%

The department has missed out on almost $1m from its Great Walks, compared to the mostly pre-Covid 2019-20 season.


New Heaphy Track “absolutely awesome”
3 Nov 2021   /

New Heaphy Track “absolutely awesome”

The new Lewis Shelter on the Heaphy Track has opened to strong reviews.


Great Walks set for summer surge, Whanganui Journey tops growth
10 Sep 2021   /

Great Walks set for summer surge, Whanganui Journey tops growth

The unique Whanganui Journey experience is topping demand growth this summer for the Department of Conservation’s Great Walks.


DOC clamps down on Great Walks tours pre-bookings
11 Aug 2021   /

DOC clamps down on Great Walks tours pre-bookings

The Department of Conservation is investigating six guided walking companies to ensure they have not made speculative pre-bookings or are occupying more than 50% of Great Walks hut space.


Heaphy Track re-opens, but Queen Charlotte Track still closed
30 Jul 2021   /

Heaphy Track re-opens, but Queen Charlotte Track still closed

The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Heaphy Track following a week of repair work from storm damage.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off
11 Jan 2021   /

New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off

GCH Aviation’s Coastwide Helicopters has launched a new heli biking experience after purchasing a set of helicopter bike racks from Canada.


Great Walks bookings up 23%, revenue up 6% – DOC
9 Dec 2020  

Great Walks bookings up 23%, revenue up 6% – DOC

Revenue was up 6% across all 10 Great Walks, compared to the same time last year despite the loss of international visitors.


Milford Track fully re-opens
30 Nov 2020  

Milford Track fully re-opens

Fiordland’s Milford Track has fully re-opened today after being damaged by a storm on 4-6 February.


DOC adds huts, campsites online as Great Walks open
27 Oct 2020   /

DOC adds huts, campsites online as Great Walks open

The Department of Conservation has opened an additional 43 campsites and eight huts for online bookings ahead of the summer season.


Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn
5 Jun 2020   /

Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn

Ultimate Hikes will open for the season on the 17 December and run through until 5 April 2021.


Routeburn Track partially reopens for trampers
5 Mar 2020   /

Routeburn Track partially reopens for trampers

Walkers will be offered a replacement Routeburn Great Walk from 12 March as it remains partially closed following storm damage.


Full Paparoa Track opens following damage delays
2 Mar 2020   /

Full Paparoa Track opens following damage delays

The Paparoa Track has fully opened after a slip and prolonged adverse weather left the middle section of the track closed since its official launch on 1 December last year.


Section of new Paparoa Track Great Walk closed due to slip
20 Nov 2019   /

Section of new Paparoa Track Great Walk closed due to slip

A ‘difficult-to-fix’ slip will mean the middle section of the new Paparoa Track will be closed when it opens on 1 December.


Great Walks open for 2019-20 season, 128k bed nights booked
2 Oct 2019   /

Great Walks open for 2019-20 season, 128k bed nights booked

More than 128,500 hut and campsite bed nights have been booked on the country’s 10 Great Walks during the peak season, according to the Department of Conservation.


Great Walks: Milford Track books out for most of summer
12 Jun 2019   /

Great Walks: Milford Track books out for most of summer

Milford Track is now full from mid-November to mid-February after bookings opened yesterday.


Great Walks price differential trial to run again
10 May 2019   /

Great Walks price differential trial to run again

DOC raked in more money and saw more domestic but fewer international visitors on its Great Walks this season.


Three tracks battle it out to be named DOC’s new Great Walk
24 Aug 2018   /

Three tracks battle it out to be named DOC’s new Great Walk

Walking tracks in Northland, the Marlborough Sounds and Southland are fighting it out to be named the Department of Conservation’s new Great Walk of New Zealand.


$2m in two hours – DOC reaps rewards from new Great Walks service
17 Aug 2018   /

$2m in two hours – DOC reaps rewards from new Great Walks service

Milford Track had the highest demand on opening day of DOC’s new booking system.


DOC launches new $3m booking service for Great Walks
11 Jun 2018   /

DOC launches new $3m booking service for Great Walks

The Department of Conservation has launched its new $3m online booking service for those wanting to tramp one of the country’s nine Great Walks.


Seven contenders for Great Walks network
8 Jun 2018  

Seven contenders for Great Walks network

A seven-strong shortlist has been announced as contenders to be added to NZ’s Great Walks network, with four in the North Island and three in the south.


From frustration to full support – operators on the Great Walks fees hike
5 Jun 2018   /

From frustration to full support – operators on the Great Walks fees hike

A plan to double foreign tourist fees has met a mixed reception.


Great Walks fee hikes could put foreign tourists off visiting
5 Jun 2018  

Great Walks fee hikes could put foreign tourists off visiting

Foreign tourists will soon have to pay up to $140 per night to stay at some huts along the country’s Great Walks.


International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks
2 Jun 2018   /

International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks

Foreign tourists will soon have to pay up to $140 per night to stay at some huts along the country’s Great Walks.


Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status
2 Feb 2018   / /

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

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New Great Walk through Paparoa approved
13 Mar 2017  

New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy.