Staying Safe in the Outdoors

We're lucky to have spectacular landscapes and scenery here in New Zealand. You shouldn't leave without getting out and exploring some of it close-up.

But if you're going tramping (walking/hiking), make sure you're properly prepared.

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Even a brief excursion into our beautiful but sometimes-unpredictable kiwi landscape can turn into an 'unexpected adventure' if the weather changes, if someone gets hurt, if the trail, coastline, river or ocean is rougher than expected, or if you don’t have the right gear, clothing or footwear.

Our friends at AdventureSmart can help you find out what you need to know, before you go. Here are the basics of having a great outdoor experience in New Zealand.

Plan Your Trip

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Check the Weather

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Bring Appropriate Clothing

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Take Sufficient Supplies

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Tell Someone You're Going Before You Leave

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Know Your Limits

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For more outdoors advice, visit your local i-SITE and DOC visitor centre or check out AdventureSmart

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AdventureSmart brings together important information and connects you to helpful recreational safety resources so that you can be prepared for New Zealand's great outdoors.

Visit the AdventureSmart Website
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