DOC has released a list of 30 options for the next two Great Walks it plans to build by 2021.
In total, 20 of the proposed walks are in the North Island and 10 in the South Island. The proposed walks include the Te Paki Coastal Walk at Cape Reinga, the Hillary Trail in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges, Coromandel Forest Walk, the Kaimai North South Track, and tracks in Taranaki, the Tararua Ranges and Akaroa. Popular Glenorchy tracks the Greenstone Caples and Rees-Dart have also been proposed.
DOC director of tourism, recreation and heritage Gavin Walker said the Great Walks network was reaching capacity and more options were needed.
“Through this public process we are exploring opportunities to expand the network in places where there is local support and showcase other beautiful but lesser-visited parts of the country,” Walker said. “We also want to give New Zealanders Great Walks options closer to home and at quieter times of the year.”
A panel including Federated Mountain Clubs, New Zealand Recreation Association, NZ Maori Tourism, Tourism NZ, Air New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa planned to whittle the proposals down to a shortlist of about 12 options, which would be consulted with iwi. The shortlist would be released later this year.
In its call for proposals, DOC said North Island walks would be given preference and the new walks had to be upgrades to existing trails, not entirely new tracks.
The department has $12.7 million to develop the walks.
Walks submitted in initial proposals:
|Kaimai Ridgeway||Bay of Plenty/Waikato|
|Tarawera Trail||Bay of Plenty|
|St James Walkway||Canterbury/West Coast|
|Lake Coleridge to Lake Kaniere (Pounamu Trail)||Canterbury/West Coast|
|Akaroa (Christchurch to Akaroa)||Canterbury|
|Ruapehu (Round the Mountain)||Central North Island|
|Kaimanawa / Central Plateau Walkway||Central North Island|
|Tongariro to Turangi to Taupo (T3)||Central North Island|
|Coromandel Forest Walk||Coromandel|
|Coromandel Coast Walk||Coromandel|
|North Western Ruahines||Manawatu|
|Queen Charlotte Track||Marlborough|
|Oke Bay to Cape Brett||Northland|
|Te Paki Coastal Walk||Northland|
|Kauri Coast Track||Northland|
|Hump Ridge Track||Southland|
|Tararua Range (Holdsworth to Kaitoke)||Wairarapa|
|Tararua Range (Waiohine to Waingawa)||Wairarapa|
|Tararua Range (Mt Bruce to Kaitoke)||Wairarapa|
|Old Ghost Road||West Coast|