Toolkit

Welcome to the toolkit! We've clustered a whole bunch of relevant resources and safety information together for you. Make sure you don't miss out on downloading our FREE outdoor activity guides - you can find these under each activity.

Our Toolkit covers:

  • River Safety
  • Firearms Safety
  • Avalanche Safety
  • Cooking and Fires
  • Communications
  • Survival Essentials
  • Navigation
  • First Aid
  • Emergencies
  • Environment
  • Free Outdoor Activity Guides

MSC Toolkit

 

Did you know?

Over 1.14 million people go exploring in New Zealand’s outdoors each year across various activities.
There and Back, 2016
Remoteness

Most of New Zealand’s favourite outdoor playgrounds are considered rural. They’re often several hours drive from facilities such as petrol stations, supermarkets, police stations, banks and other facilities/services that you would expect to find in towns or cities. Once you’ve left the car-park area you won’t come across any services or facilities other than basic huts. There are no shops, transport providers or support services in the backcountry. New Zealand huts don’t have restaurants or staff available unless you’re on a guided trip or using private tracks.

Changeable weather

Prepare for dramatic and potentially very swift change in wind and rain, even on days that might have no rain in the forecast. Such is New Zealand's geographical position in the Southern Ocean: in the lee of the Australian continent, with one foot in the subtropical Pacific currents to the north, and the other in the depths of a cold and bitter Southern Ocean that leads directly to Antarctica. New Zealand is an island of contrast; of dramatic fjords, towering alpine peaks, active volcanism, wild and windy tussock ridgelines, dense wet bush, and calm sun-kissed Pohutukawa-fringed white sandy beaches overflowing with the thrum of cicada.

Growing up in New Zealand, you get used to the idea that the weather is bound to change. As they say in countries like ours, 'If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.'
– Mike Daisley, CEO MSC
Cellphone signal

Mobile phone coverage (including internet coverage) is very poor in most outdoor areas and should not be considered a reliable means of communication. You should expect to have no mobile phone coverage on your walk/hike; if you do get coverage it will only be in isolated areas. In a lot of locations, you will need to travel to the nearest town before you get mobile phone coverage. This can be several hours drive in some parts of New Zealand.

 

In an emergency - Dial 111

If emergency services need to get involved it means something hasn’t gone to plan. The most important thing you can do to increase your likelihood of a safe and enjoyable experience is to follow the outdoor safety code. 

 

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Outdoor Activity Guides

Begin planning for your next outdoor adventure with our FREE Outdoor Recreation Activity Guides. Read more

Routeburn River Tramper

River Safety

Rivers are a living feature of the New Zealand outdoors. Their banks and gorges provide some natural access-ways to our mountainous areas so it is vital to respect them and understand why they are a potential hazard on your adventures.  Read more

Aiming a firearm - BGH

Firearms Safety

Safety is our collective responsibility. It is up to every participant to ensure the future for firearms users in New Zealand. We do this by following the arms code and keeping yourself and everyone else safe while using firearms. A key part of being a safe hunter is fully understanding and... Read more

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Avalanche Safety

Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you’re planning on going ‘out back’ or beyond the ski area boundary, it’s important to be well trained in avalanche safety and search and rescue techniques at all times of the year. Read more

Hunter cooking at night - Hunters Club

Cooking and Fires

People who cook in the outdoors of New Zealand are up for a whole other level of el-fresco dining experience - whether it be on a mountain top, on a camping trip or in a backcountry hut. Read more

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Communications

Having access to and appropriate communication device can give you peace of mind, and in an emergency situation it can also save your life. New Zealand does not have reliable cellphone signal in the outdoors. An 'unexpected night out' can happen on any length of journey so it's important to prepare accordingly,... Read more

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Survival Essentials

Plan and prepare for a survival situation. Certain events in the backcountry of New Zealand can lead to the possibility of you being in a survival situation, it is therefore up to you to understand how to prepare and how to do it. Read more

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Navigation

Help yourself find your way around the outdoors. Planning your route on a map is one thing, but knowing where to go when you’re out there is a whole other matter. It is essential that you know how to find your way to your destination, and even more important to... Read more

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First Aid

Anything can happen in the outdoors. Make sure you know before you go. Learning basic outdoors first aid is key to any outdoor adventure so you and your friends make it home.  Read more

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Emergencies

Emergency situations can happen at any time in the outdoors. The New Zealand Police, Rescue Coordination Centre and Land Search and Rescue (SAR) provide free emergency assistance in the outdoors. It's important to understand when their services are required, and how to reach them. Read more

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Environment

New Zealanders take a lot of pride in their wild places and we try to keep them as clean and tidy as possible, you can help with that too. We love people exploring the outdoors, to ensure the future generations get the same experience as us - it pays to leave... Read more