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Gear and Safety

Our golden rules for hikes are:

  • Stop at all track junctions (wait for the last person to arrive).
  • Tell someone if you need to stop.


On our Hikes Always Bring

  • Day-pack with plastic liner
  • A waterproof rain jacket with hood is essential for all trips
  • Fleece or wool jumper, warm hat, gloves
  • Torch & spare batteries
  • Lunch & snacks
  • Water, at least 1 litre
  • Sunscreen, sunhat
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small towel
  • Change of clothing and shoes including a plastic bag for your dirty boots and clothes (all to be left in the bus or car)

On our Hikes Wear

  • Boots or trail shoes
  • Shorts or quick dry trousers (not jeans)
  • Shirt (wool or polypropylene layers, according to weather)

Basic Day Hike Safety Rules

  • As with all outdoor activities there is associated risk.
  • Your Safety is Your Responsibility.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct equipment and are fit and able to undertake the planned trip.
  • Go to Adventure Smart to view a 7 minute video The Outdoor Safety Code – 5 Simple Rules.
  • This is a must see video for both beginners and experienced trampers.
  • You must advise the leader of any medical condition in case a problem arises during the trip.
  • We always stop at track junctions to allow the group to catch up and ensure no one takes a wrong turn.
  • Tell someone if you need to stop or leave the track for a toilet stop or any other reason. Leave your pack on the track.

Hiking Trip Grades

  • Easy: 3 - 4 hours hiking. Slower pace, suitable for beginners with reasonable fitness.
  • Medium / Fit: 4 - 6 hours hiking. Suitable for those with some experience and good fitness.
  • Long / Challenging: 6 hours and over, or more difficult tracks. Fast pace, experience and a high level of fitness necessary.

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Gear and Safety November 27, 2015 4:25 PM Gareth F.
About Auckland Hike and Ski April 30, 2013 1:32 PM Gareth F.

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