Plan Your Trip

Plan your trip

Seek local knowledge, plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.

Whether it is a bushwalk, a multi-day tramp or a specialised outdoor activity, the planning of an outdoor excursion in New Zealand’s backcountry is essential for you to have a great time and also to make it home. 

It doesn't take long to plan an outdoor adventure and will increase the likelihood of a fantastic time out.


Questions to ask when you plan

  • Where are you going? Find routes online, talk to experienced friends and experts to find a trip that suits your skills. Do you need permission for the area? 
  • Who are you going with? How experienced are the group members? What previous experience and skills can they bring?
  • How long will it take? - Each day and total trip time - Think about each day and the total trip / an achievable daily distance
  • Where will you stay at night? Are there huts along the way? Will you camp?
  • Where can you get local knowledge? Visit your local DOC centre, talk to locals or research online.
  • What are potential hazards? Think about the weather, the season, the local area and understand what hazards could occur along your trip. 

Helpful hint:

Plan your trip with your group members so everyone understands the story, right from the get-go. 

Key resources

Next step

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