Multiday Tramping

Exploring the wilderness of New Zealand on foot is immensely rewarding and is something that three-quarters of a million people do each year. However, it comes with some unique challenges. Our landscape is rugged, steep, remote and often covered in dense bush or is exposed to wild weather patterns. The weather can be notoriously fickle and changes can occur very quickly. Don’t be surprised if you’re caught in a storm in the middle of summer, especially if your intended journey takes you above 1000m altitude.

Each year an average of 769,363 people go tramping in New Zealand. 447,366 of these are international visitors.
 There and Back, 2016

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No two tracks are the same. Each one will require different levels of fitness, equipment and planning. It doesn't take a big injury to slow you or your group down considerably and there are plenty of people who've got lost at a track junction. If you do have an 'incident' in the Kiwi outdoors and you end up spending an unexpected night out the temperature can drop dramatically and its often damp as well. You'll be thankful you planned accordingly – let's get started.

The remoteness of many of New Zealand's tracks means you can't rely on your cellphone if you need help. It's up to you to make smart decisions and tell someone your plans before you head out. That way if you're not back when you expected to be, someone can send out a call for help on your behalf.

Helpful hint: 

The average speed for a group tramping in New Zealand is approximately 3km/h. This varies depending on fitness of group and track difficulty.


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What are the risks? 

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For the first time, the outdoor recreation sector has a comprehensive picture of what’s been going on in the New Zealand outdoors from an outdoor safety perspective, across 5 major outdoor recreation activities. This publication combines all injury, search and rescue and fatality data together to present a comprehensive ‘state of the nation’ style detailed breakdown. 

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47% of Tramping fatalities occur in December and January.
– There and Back, 2016. 

 

The Central North Island has 10.5x the national average of search and rescues.
– There and Back, 2016.  

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How ready are you?

Click to expand the items below and learn what you need to consider of the 5 Outdoor Safety Code Steps:

Helpful hint:

Write in every hut book you come across, even if you're not staying the night - this is the first place Search and Rescue look if they're trying to find you.

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