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Plan Your Trip

Tell Someone Your Plans

Be Aware Of The Weather

Know Your Limits

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1. Plan your Trip

So, you're about to head out into the outdoors. Great! There are heaps of exciting adventures ahead, but are you ready for any situation?


Ensuring that you appropriately prepare for your excursion is essential for both your safety, and your enjoyment.

Ask yourself:

  • Where are we going?
  • Do we need permission for access?
  • Who is going?
  • How long shall we go for?
  • What shall we take?
  • Have I told anyone my plans?

Day Walks Activity Guide

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Gaining permission

Consent from the land owner is imperative. Going onto land without the consent of the owner can expose you to legal problems. Contacting the land owner can key you into things like poison drops, commercial operations or track/hut/bridge repairs or removal.

Check out New Zealand Walking Access Commission's online public access mapping system here. Having gained consent from the land owner, you now have to gain access to the route. It may require obtaining a key and will definitely involve transport to the start and from the end of your trip.

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