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New Zealand doesn't just have nine spectacular long distance trails. But the 'Great Walk' tag draws visitors and locals like a magnet. And for those who long for a classic multiday but without the crowds we've offered nine fantastic alternatives - one for each of the official Great Walks.

This issue also features an overseas guide, giving you a taste of great trails unlike anything you'll see in Aotearoa.

Those needing new footwear this spring should have a look at our 74-boot/shoe/sandal guide for everything from easy day walks to alpine ascents.

We also have walking and tramping trips from Fiordland to the Kaimais, paddling with penguins in the Sub Antarctic Islands and even a hut etiquette checklist!
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Time: 8-9hr
Grade: Moderate
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