The Department of Conservation (DoC) is considering the idea of charging trampers to hike the country’s Great Walks.
DoC is struggling to keep up with demand on all 9 Great Walks and is considering charging everyone an access fee to walk the track. This fee would be on top of the fee for staying in the huts.
Last year, 46,000 New Zealanders and more than 70,000 tourists walked the Great Walks.
The most popular track is Abel Tasman National Park which is walked by 15,000 Kiwis and 26,000 tourists annually.
DoC is considering a number of options including charging to access the track, higher hut charges for overseas tourists and a ‘conservation tax’ which would be charged at the border.
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