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Make sure that you are well prepared by following the important information shown in the Outdoor Safety Code. New Zealand terrain is beautiful, but can be highly changeable, and the weather conditions can shift drastically and suddenly. As well as following the essential information in the Code, personal locator beacons are available to purchase or to hire, and as there is little-to-no cellphone coverage in the outdoors in New Zealand, these beacons are an important piece of safety equipment. For full details, read or print the multi-day tramping guide from the link (left) to get all of the essential information on tramping/hiking in New Zealand.

Key Contacts for Tramping and Hiking

  • Mountain Safety Council - provides significant resources relating to land-based activities around New Zealand, such as hiking, as well as practical courses, training information and preparation videos.
  • Department of Conservation - managing the conservation of New Zealand's nature, including information about walking/tramping/hiking tracks, wildlife management and hut management.
  • Walking Access Aotearoa - don't let the name limit your expectations, this orgnasation provides maps for mountian biking, walking, tramping, cycling, horse trekking, hunting, fishing and much more.

Going for a quick walk or a day hike is a beautiful way to spend a day in New Zealands mountains. It's important to make sure that you follow the Outdoor Safety Code by preparing for challenging terrain and changeable weather. Don't expect to be in and out - always plan for an unexpected injury, a wrong-turn and sudden and drastic changes to the weather. Read or print the day walking guide from the link (left) to get all of the essential information on day walking in the bush in New Zealand. 

Key Contacts for Short Walks and Day Hikes

  • Mountain Safety Council - provides helpful information, videos and guides relating to safe practices for day walking and hiking.
  • Department of Conservation - managing the conservation of New Zealand's nature, including information about walking tracks and wildlife management.
  • Walking Access Aotearoa - don't let the name limit your expectations, this orgnasation provides maps for mountian biking, walking, tramping, cycling, horse trekking, hunting, fishing and much more.

Hunting is a popular activity in New Zealand. Two important safety considerations when going hunting are: the equipment used (including firearms) and the location and conditions (typically in the bush/mountains). Make sure you are familiar with the Outdoor Safety Code, as it contains key information about safely heading in the mountains/bushes. 

It is important to behave safely and responsibly when using firearms - always stick to the seven rules of the Firearms Safety Code when handling a firearm.

Key Contacts for Hunting

  • Mountain Safety Council - provides significant resources relating to land-based activities around New Zealand, such as hiking, as well as practical courses, training information and preparation videos.
  • Department of Conservation - managing the conservation of New Zealand's nature, including information about walking/tramping/hiking tracks, wildlife management and hut management.
  • New Zealand Police - manages firearms licencing in New Zealand (including visitor licences).
  • Walking Access Aotearoa - provides maps of hunting tracks in New Zealand.
  • Beacons - information about hiring or purchasing Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).

Mountain biking is a popular sport in New Zealand and can be undertaken with a guide or unguided. it is important to apply the Outdoor Safety Code when Mountain Biking, as it is easy to get lost or injured when mountain biking in New Zealand.  

Key Contacts for Mountain Biking:

  • Mountain Safety Council - provides significant resources relating to land-based activities around New Zealand, such as hiking, as well as practical courses, training information and preparation videos.
  • Department of Conservation - managing the conservation of New Zealand's nature, including information about tracks, wildlife management and hut management.
  • Walking Access Aotearoa - don't let the name limit your expectations, this orgnasation provides maps for mountian biking, walking, cycling, horse trekking, hunting, fishing and much more.
  • Beacons - information about hiring or purchasing Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs).

Trail running is a popular sport which involves running trails through challenging terrain. Always be sure to follow the Outdoor Safety Code, especially if you plan to head out alone, and seriously consider hiring or purchasing a personal locator beacon. Essential guides and helpful informaiton can be found in the links (left).

Key contacts for Trail Running

  • Mountain Safety Council - provides significant resources relating to land-based activities around New Zealand as well as practical courses, training information and preparation videos.
  • Department of Conservation - managing the conservation of New Zealand's nature, including information about tracks, wildlife management and hut management.
  • Walking Access Aotearoa - don't let the name limit your expectations, this orgnasation provides maps for mountian biking, walking, tramping, cycling, horse trekking, hunting, fishing and much more.
  • Beacons - further information about hiring or perchasing a personal locator beacon. 
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