New Zealand is an incredible place to explore, with untouched terrain that’s remote yet easily accessible.
Here’s a simple list of things the Mountain Safety Council recommend you take. This list will change depending on the length walk you are going on.
It’s very common to see the sun one hour, and then have heavy rain and strong winds the next -the weather is always changing.
New Zealand is in the middle of a large ocean and this means our weather changes every day and the weather isn’t stable like most continental parts of Europe, Asian, America or Australia. New Zealand is a small island with most of our natural outdoor area close to the sea or mountains.
During spring, New Zealand bursts with new life. Colourful blooms, baby wildlife and ‘waterfall season’ makes this an inspiring time of year to visit.
Temperatures range from 4.5 – 18 degrees celsius (40 – 65F).
New Zealand’s many beaches and lakes are perfect to cool off during the summer months. Summer activities tend to make the most of the sun, sea and sand.
Temperatures range from 21 – 32 degrees celsius (70 – 90F).
In autumn, New Zealand enjoys some of the most settled weather of the whole year. Soak up long, sunny days and golden leaves with hiking, cycling or kayaking.
Temperatures range from 7 – 21 degrees celsius (45 – 70F).
The winter months brings snow blanketing soaring mountains in certain parts of the country and clear, crisp days that awaken the senses. Hit the ski slopes, visit a winery or two or head along to one of the many winter festivals.
Temperatures range from 1.5 – 15.5 degrees celsius (35 – 60F).
In New Zealand it’s expected you’ll tell someone what you’re doing and where you’re going, before you go. That way if something does go wrong our emergency services can help you as they’ll know where you were headed.
Tell someone your plans using whatever system works for you, this could be an email, a phone call, or a detailed SMS message, and make sure you let them know once you’re back out too. You may not have mobile phone reception on your walk or hike, so make sure you are prepared before you go.
Before you go make sure you’ve selected a walk or hike that’s suitable for you and your group, based on fitness levels and time available. If you’re not sure about this, then ask a local – check in at the local Department of Conservation office (they know lots about the local area) or ask someone either at your accommodation or at a shop in town before you go.