Day walker - Bevan S

Day Walking

Day Walks are a fantastic way to explore New Zealand's outdoors within a few hours. They are perfect for beginners and young families to feel a sense of adventure within a short time. Read more

Tararua Ranges

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. Read more

Old Ghost Road

Mountain Biking

New Zealand offers some fantastic backcountry mountain bike trails which can take you to remote and breathtaking parts of the country. This activity is increasing in popularity across the globe, with all kinds of tracks and trails being built each year. Read more

Trail Runners - Yap Zhi

Trail Running

Trail running is not only a great way to see New Zealand’s outdoors, it is an enjoyable activity that demands physical performance, mental agility, fortitude and perseverance. It is also a pursuit that frequently exposes runners to risk. Read more

Big game hunters - BGH

Big Game Hunting

More hunters take part in big game hunting than any other form of hunting, so it’s not surprising that they have the largest number of incidents. With respect to the ‘Roar,’ hunting behaviour appears to change and the rate of injury, search and rescue and fatality increases. Read more

Duck hunters at dawn - HC

Game Bird Hunting

Game bird hunting in New Zealand is a long-loved tradition for many hunters. It involves the pursuit of waterfowl and upload game birds during legal seasons of the year. One particular event is the Duck Hunting Season, in which hunters call in and shoot ducks from maimais. Read more

Alpine hunters - HC

Alpine Hunting

Alpine environments are steep and exposed by their very nature. When a hunter loses their footing in this environment the consequences are typically worse than in other hunting environments. Alpine hunting fatalities are typically the result of falling which is perhaps of little surprise given the steep terrain. Read more

Pig hunters - HC

Pig Hunting

Pig hunters appear to have a very good safety record right up until a pig has been ‘bailed’ or caught by their dogs. Nearly all pig hunting fatalities occurred as a result of a hunter trying to reach their dogs. Read more

Small game hunter tussock - Richard W

Small Game Hunting

Small game hunting has always been an accessible hunting type and is often where many hunters start to learn basic hunting skills. Read more

Night shooting Hunters Club NZ 2017

Night Hunting

A large number of hunting fatalities have occurred in the dark. There has also been an increased number of ‘misidentification’ incidents occurring outside of daylight hours. Read more

Bow hunter alpine - Hunters Club

Bow Hunting

Bowhunters are those who choose to hunt any type of game with a bow. Although bows are not considered to be firearms, this does not mean they are not dangerous. Read more

Mountaineer and peak - Yap Zhi


Mountaineering is an inherently risky recreational pursuit, and it is often this balance between risk and reward that attracts and motivates climbers, or if not, climbers are at least aware of this fine balance. It is impossible to remove all the risks from mountaineering. Read more


Backcountry Snowsports

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is an exhilarating way to enjoy the beauty of the New Zealand winter.  Before you head out into the hills though, you've got to be prepared.  Check the snow conditions, the avalanche risk and the weather. Read more