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All sorts of guides are available in bookshops, sport shops and visitors centers. Maps are available for all National Parks and most Forest Parks. Larger scale Topomaps are for the more adventurous, wandering off the beaten track. The works of the late Kiwi bushman Barry Crump are good reading to take in your backpack. As the author warns: there are things that have happened, things that have partly happened and things that could have happened. His novels and short stories describe the good old time of real Kiwi blokes in the bush, in a very entertaining, often hilarious way. My favourites are "A good keen man", "Wild pork and watercress", "Gold and Greenstone" and "Forty yarns and a song".

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Standards varies from luxurious lodges to grotty dog kernels. Most of them are splendidly sited, have a stove or a fireplace, mattresses and water supply. Charges are 2, 4 or 6 euros except on the popular Great Walks (6 to 12 euros).

    Department of Conservation  

Watch for this sign! It means that in the area, men and women are working to preserve nature for you to enjoy. They maintain parks, tracks, huts, rest areas, camping grounds, reserves, visitor centres and much more. Help them in respecting the irreplaceable beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand outdoors.

Visitor Centres are a must to visit!
They show displays, map, videos and movies. They hold information on tracks, huts and weather. Most sell guides, maps and films. That is where a trip starts.

Although New Zealand has a mild climate, the weather can change quickly at any time of the year. Heavy rain, snow and gales can hit mountain ranges even in summer. This means trips into the outdoors are always potentially hazardous. Talk to park staff or read information guides before setting off into the bush or mountains, and take a topographical map, high energy foods, warm clothing and wet-weather gear. Make sure someone knows your plans (remember to let them know once you return). Leave details in intentions books at the visitor centre and in huts along the way. If you need to take drinking water from rivers or other natural water sources it is best to boil, chemically treat or filter it before drinking.


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