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Did you know: it's very 'Kiwi' to use the term tramping to describe walking or hiking into the mountains? Going into the bush is also a very 'Kiwi' thing to say, as a way to describe going into a vast land area covered in trees.

The Land Safety Code

5 simple rules to help you stay safe.

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1Choose the right trip for you

Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.

It’s important to choose a trip that suits you and everyone in your group.

When you are looking at the options, make sure you think about everyone’s fitness levels and experience in the outdoors.

2Understand the weather

It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.

Weather can make or break a trip. It’s one of the most important things to consider when going into the outdoors.

No matter what the weather is, it will impact your trip. Bad weather (such as strong wind, rain and cold temperatures) can be very dangerous. The weather changes fast in New Zealand and you should be prepared for any weather. It can be sunny, rainy and windy all in one day.

3Pack warm clothes and extra food

Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.

Any trip, even if it is short or easy, needs preparation. Packing the right things makes trips safer and more enjoyable.

4Share your plans and take ways to get help

Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.

We all want our trips to go as planned – but sometimes they don’t. If you got hurt or lost on your trip, how would you get help?

5Take care of yourself and each other

Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

The best way to enjoy your experience in the outdoors and make it home safely is to look out for one another.

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