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NZ walks feature in new Lonely Planet tramping guide

The Cape Brett Track has been included in a list of 50 'epic hikes'. Photo: Jiri Willmann/Shutterstock

Three New Zealand tracks feature in Lonely Planet’s new book, Epic Hikes of the World.

The book, which will be released in August, lists 50 tramping routes from 30 countries. It includes the Routeburn and Abel Tasman Coast Track Great Walks and the lesser-known Cape Brett Track in the Bay of Islands, but snubs other Kiwi classics, like the Milford Track.

Lonely Planet cited recent research which found tramping is the number one activity for active travellers.

It comes as recent figures show 602,000 international tourists went tramping in NZ last year, a 34 per cent increase on 2014. While tourism continues to rise to record numbers, with 3.8m visiting in the year to June 2018.

But some may questions whether the walks can handle the extra publicity. Bookings for the Routeburn and Abel Tasman Great Walks sold out in minutes this year, despite DOC doubling the price for tourists. About 60 per cent of people on the Great Walks were overseas tourists.