Having access to an 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, so even for a short walk you should prepare accordingly.

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Why take a communication device?

There are a number of reasons you'll need to be able to communicate to others. 

  • You might get lost and need rescuing
  • You could change your route and need to alert a friend
  • You could be running late and need to stay an extra night
  • You might want to get updates in the weather along the way
  • You could get injured or be in an emergency situation and require rescue.  

What you need to know

  • How to leave your intentions with a trusted contact - Read the 'tell someone your plans' section of our website to make sure you leave your intended trip correctly.

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  • What form of communication to take - Some devices will only provide your location to emergency services, and some will provide two-way communications. Consider your choice of device carefully and know how to use it before you leave.

Watch Communicating in the NZ Bush 


Communication Devices

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Outdoor Safety Code

The first thing to remember is that every trip needs a plan. A few simples steps to take before you head out can make all the difference if something goes wrong.


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How to tell someone your plans

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