About the Great Walk tracks
Well formed and easy to follow
Great Walk tracks are of a higher standard than most other tracks so are well formed and easy to follow.
Great Walks tracks are well formed, with bridges and viewpoints
The surface is usually gravel, rock or dirt, and like any track can get slippery in wet weather.
The tracks are usually quite wide depending on the terrain - some fit two people walking side by side in flat areas.
Most rivers and waterways on these tracks have sturdy bridges. Occasionally there are also small streams that cross the track but are usually easy enough to step across safely.
Be aware that in wet weather rivers can rise very quickly and flood the tracks - especially on the Milford Track.
On all these tracks there are hill climbs where the track becomes steeper, which is all the better for views. If you want to see how steep they get, see:
Kepler Track map and profile
Milford Tack map and profile
Routeburn Track map and profile
Preparing for your trip
We recommend you do some fitness preparation before your trip and wear the right gear for the tracks. The best footwear is tramping boots, which have good grip and ankle/knee support.
See Plan and prepare – Great Walks in Fiordland.
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