If you love a good tramp, you’re going to have to pay a little bit more – Stuff.co.nz

Fans of New Zealands great outdoors will be able to start their planning for the 2021/22 season from 9.30am on Tuesday morning as online booking opens on some of the countrys backcountry huts.

Otagos non-Great Walk huts and campsites will be the first batch on offer in a staggered release of tramps by the Department of Conservation.

Bookings for the Great Walks start on June 15, with Milford, Heaphy and Rakiura tracks first up.

This year hikers will be paying a bit extra to enjoy outdoor New Zealand, especially on the more popular tracks. After a year with fewer international visitors thanks to the pandemic, it is expected that more overseas travellers will be making the trip to Aotearoa.

Pamela Wade

Summer prices for huts on the Milford Track are up $40 for international visitors to $110.

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Summer prices for huts on the Milford Track are up $40 per night for international visitors to $110, while NZ residents have an $8 increase to $78. The Kepler and Routeburn are up $37 for internationals ($102) but only $3 for NZ residents ($68).

The popularity of Rakiura over the last year has seen its hut prices bumped up $32 for internationals ($56 per night) and $13 for locals ($37). On the flip side, the Whanganui Journey will be a bit cheaper for all hikers while the Lake Waikaremoana Track and Paparoa Track are unchanged.

DOC Heritage and Visitors Director, Steve Taylor, said there will be other pricing changes, including the extension of the use of seasonal pricing, and the introduction of weekend pricing for a small number of DOCs most high-use huts.

This years changes allow for a more nuanced approach to price-setting and have been designed to improve cost recovery, said Taylor. Many of them offer incentives to visit lesser-known locations or at quieter times to protect places and peoples enjoyment of them. Weekend, seasonal and differential pricing are expected to make a positive difference, but well be monitoring the effectiveness of this approach.

These changes have been in the pipeline for several years now and many prices, such as for the Backcountry Hut, havent changed for a decade. Although the changes do include some modest price increases (from $1 to $5 per night in most instances), there are still lots of free or lower-cost options. People can visit DOCs website or visitor centres to find an opportunity to suit their needs.

DOC provides over 900 huts and 300 campsites around New Zealand and the season runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

NZ Mountain Safety Council

The app Plan My Walk is described as a "world-first".

Meanwhile, a new app has been launched to help Kiwis plan their next walking adventure.

In what is billed as a world-first, Plan My Walk will include more than 1000 DOC tracks, MetService weather forecasts, track specific alerts, interactive gear lists and other planning advice.

It has been developed by the NZ Mountain Safety Council and Chief Executive Mike Daisley says the new app is a revolutionary step forward in supporting walkers and trampers safety.

We are really excited to get the app out there in the community and see how people use it and see how it helps them with planning and preparing for their adventures, said Daisley .

We are really confident there is a need for this type of app and that it will make a difference.

The Plan My Walk app is available from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store or online at planmywalk.nz.

More details on the DOCs pricing can be viewed here

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