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. From a simple boardwalk loop in the native forest just off the main highway to the challenging Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand is overflowing with great day walk options.
Tracks here can differ dramatically and will require different levels of fitness, equipment and planning. It's important to recognise that the perceived risk of a day walk can be very low, where as the potential risk can be surprisingly high.
You can find out more about how to choose a track on our Trip Planning Section of our website. Excellent sources for local track information are DOC Visitor Centres and I-sites.
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 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.
What you take with you will make all the difference if something were to go wrong such as getting lost, delayed or injured.
or you can find more on our Supplies section.
Continue your preparation with our online resources, there is still plenty to learn to ensure for a safe and enjoyable trip!