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Choose the type of track that most suits the skills and abilities of your party. All tracks listed on this website are given one of these six walking track categories:

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Easy access short walk

  • Easy walking for up to an hour
  • Even surface, well formed with no steps or steep sections
  • Suitable for people of all abilities, wheelchairs, buggies and strollers
  • Stream and rivers are bridged
  • Walking shoes required

 

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Short walk

  • Easy walking for up to an hour
  • Track is well formed, with an even, well drained surface. There may be steps
  • Suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels
  • Stream and rivers crossings are bridged
  • Walking shoes required

 

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Walking track

  • Gentle walking from a few minutes to a day
  • Track is mostly well formed, some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities
  • Some tracks suitable for mountain biking
  • Clearly signposted. Stream and river crossings are bridged
  • Walking shoes or light tramping/hiking boots required

 

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Great Walk/Easier tramping track

  • Comforatable multi-day tramping/hiking
  • Track is generally well formed, some sections may be rough, muddy or steep
  • Suitable for people with limited backcountry (remote area) experience
  • Some tracks suitable for mountain biking
  • Track has signs, poles or markers. Major stream and rivers crossings are bridged
  • Light tramping/hiking boots required

 

Tramping track.

Tramping track

  • Challenging day or multi-day tramping/hiking
  • Track is mostly unformed, may be rough and steep
  • Suitable for people with moderate to high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, navigation and survival skills required
  • Some tracks suitable for mountain biking
  • Track has markers, poles or rock cairns. Expect unbridged stream and river crossings
  • Tramping/hiking boots required

 

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Route

  • Challenging overnight tramping/hiking
  • Track unformed and natural, may be rough, muddy or very steep
  • Suitable for people with high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, navigation and survival skills required
  • Complete self sufficiency required
  • Track has markers, poles or rock cairns. Expect unbridged stream and river crossings
  • Sturdy tramping/hiking boots required
 

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