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  • Nicole Ellwood

Is New Zealand a safe place to travel?

Absolutely! New Zealand is generally a very safe place to travel, and with no deadly animals that can kill you, it is the perfect location for spending time in the great outdoors. Should you come to any harm, medical facilities are excellent. Crime rates are low, however it is always best to use common sense to look after yourself and your belongings. Like everywhere else in the world, crime does exist and you do need to be cautious. Do not be afraid to visit New Zealand, but don’t be negligent either.

Hiking/Tramping Safety Tips

If you are planning on doing some unguided hiking, make sure you are prepared with the right equipment and clothing for your excursion. The weather can change very quickly, and it will sometimes feel like four seasons in one day. Essentials include good comfortable footwear, a sun hat and waterproof jacket. Having warm layers of clothing that you can remove will help you stay comfortable. Make sure you have selected a walk which is at a suitable level and duration for your group, and if in doubt check in at the local Department of Conservation office. Make sure you have enough food and take plenty of water; if you are going for a full day 2L per person is a good place to start, as you may not get the opportunity to refill your bottle. If you are planning on a multi day hike check out the Outdoor Safety Code here: https://www.adventuresmart.nz/land/tramping-walking-hiking/