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