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Who needs to go tramping? Google Street View captures NZ's great walks

New Zealand's most spectacular scenery is now just a click away thanks to the power of Google.

The company has taken its Streetview cameras and turned them into backpacks - sending one on a four year journey of the country's great walking tracks.

The Heaphy, Stewart Island, Abel Tasman, Milford, Kepler, Routeburn and Waikaremoana tracks are all included.

Google says the technology allows tourists to see a spot before they visit - places that are only accessible by foot.

The Department of Conservation helped with the project - even including carrying a sleeping bag and food for the Google Trekker, Matt Jenke, as they followed in his footsteps around the country.

The Prime Minister John Key was also on hand to try the camera pack on, but admitted he hasn't done any great walks, unless you count the golf course.

Abel Tasman National Park

Today marked the end of filming for the series, but more projects are planned.

The backpack was recently used to map out the stands of Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

Google has filmed similar natural attractions all over the world - including the Galapagos Islands, and Mt Fuji in Japan.