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.

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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.

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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? 

A Walk in the Park?

A Walk in the Park? is the third insights publication to be released following 'There and Back, 2016' and 'A Hunter’s Tale, 2017'. We now dive into incidents tramping incidents in New Zealand. A Walk in the Park? is the most comprehensive insights exploration that we have undertaken. We’ve found richer and deeper data than we had available for There and Back.

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51% of overnight tramping fatalities were on steep terrain.
– A Walk in the Park, 2018

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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:

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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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