Skills

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Trip Planning

Planning your tramp and considering where you're going, the track conditions and skill level of your group increases the chances of staying safe. Read more

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Supplies

Make sure you have enough food, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. If you ask any New Zealand adventurer they’ll tell you what should be in your pack, here’s a simple list of things we recommend you take. Read more

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Weather

New Zealand’s changeable weather conditions frequently catch out the unprepared. With careful planning and smart decision making in the outdoors, you can be ready for all possible weather. 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. Read more

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Communications

Having the right communication device can be a lifesaver in an emergency. Your mobile phone may not be enough with New Zealand’s sometimes spotty coverage in the outdoors. Even on some short tracks. Read more

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River Safety

Rivers are a significant hazard in the New Zealand outdoors, and you'll come across one on most tramping trips. Rivers are affected by the weather and snow melt, and can rise and fall very quickly. Read more

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First Aid

Anything can happen in the outdoors.  Make sure you know before you go. There might not be help at hand when you need it. The terrain, weather conditions or a person's personal health can all come into play and require immediate medical attention. Read more

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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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Camping

Camping is an excellent way to have fun and enjoy New Zealand's outdoors. A combination of solid planning and the right equipment you can bring the comfort of home to the outdoors. Read more

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Emergencies and Survival

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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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. 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

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Environmental Care

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. Read more