Staying safe in the outdoors

This page contains external links to the best safety advice for people exploring the outdoors. 

Department of Conservation

Know before you go

Find out about alerts that might affect the safety or enjoyment of your trip, your duty to protect nature, and how to be prepared to stay safe in the outdoors.

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Plan My Walk

The Mountain Safety Council's Plan My Walk app makes planning your next tramp or outdoor walk easy. It helps you with alerts, weather forecasts, gear lists and emergency contacts.

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Mountain Safety Council

Learn about trip planning, supplies, weather, navigation, tramping skills, communications, river safety, first aid, cooking and fires, camping, emergencies and survival, firearms, or avalanches.

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Check the weather

Check the weather forecast. New Zealand’s changeable weather conditions frequently catch people out.

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Distress beacons

For anyone heading outdoors, a registered distress beacon is the lifeline that can summon help to your location in a life-threatening situation.

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