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Exploring New Zealand


New Zealand's unspoilt natural beauty, its wave-pounded coastlines, high mountain ranges, tumbling waterfalls and glacial lakes, can best be explored first hand on a tramp or hike.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has classified eight of New Zealand's finest and most popular hikes as Great Walks, but they are not literally a walk in the park. Most take several days and often cross high passes in unpredictable weather conditions - they are tramps, not walks. The Whanganui Journey, a canoe or kayak trip on New Zealand's longest navigable river, is also included in the Great Walks network.