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Published on : Saturday, September 2, 2017
The hiking huts and the campsites of the New Zealand’s Great Walks region, which are one of the best sites for the adventure, are doubling it price from October 2018 on the five most popular tracks- Milford, Routeburn, Kepler, Abel Tasman and Tongariro.
There will also be a 50% hike on the camps and the hike huts at Lake Waikaremoana, Whanganui River, Heaphy and Rakiura.
The conservation minister, Maggie Barry said that there are nine great walks in New Zealand, which are popular among the international tourists, but the infrastructure is running after the great losses of $1 million.
The international visitors who experience the Great Walks pay a little more to enjoy our landscape and contribute to protecting the native wildlife.
The price of the camps and the huts increases, which will only affect the people visiting the country. To put it into context, the huts at the Milford Track huts will go from $70 per night to $140 for visitors.
This new move is likely to yield greatly increased revenue as 60% of the 117,000 visitors who took the walks during the 2016 financial year were international tourists.
The percentages on the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford tracks that year were 75, 72 and 67% respectively.
Maggie Barry also said that the extra money which will be gained from this price rise will engage in the development of region.
The back country huts of New Zealand’s Great Walks region are conveniently located with the comfort, well-equipped, and high capacity.
Both the huts and tracks on the Great Walks are of a superior standard than other tramping tracks in the country.
These hiking and walking tracks are much admired among the overseas visitors, partly due to their heavy promotion by the Department of Conservation and tourism operators.
Many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure.
The guided walks are available through private operators along many of the walks.