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. While the risks are inherent in trail running, they can easily be reduced through careful planning and good decision making.
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.
Your feet can take you out of civilisation, but it will be your planning and stamina that will get you home safe. Take steps to prevent an injury or getting lost in New Zealand's outdoors.
Take the basics to keep you comfortable and safe
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!