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Outdoor Safety Advice

AdventureSmart for Great Advice for the Great Outdoors

Boating Adventures

Land Adventures

Air Adventures

Water Adventures

Snow Adventures


AdventureSmart for Great Advice for the Great Outdoors

Please visit the AdventureSmart website for great advice on New Zealand Outdoor Safety.

 

  

AdventureSmart (New Zealand) is funded by the New Zealand Search & Rescue Council and managed by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.

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Boating Adventures

There are many opportunities to head out onto one of New Zealand's pristine lakes or crystal clear rivers or expansive stretches of ocean in a watercraft.  

All boating activities are regulated by Maritime New Zealand and the regional council for each area so whether you have a kayak, personal water craft, waka, sail or power boat, you must know the rules, have the right equipment, and be a responsible skipper.

Check out Maritime New Zealand's YouTube channel which provides informal advice on safe recreational boating and local information of many of New Zealand's popular boating locations. 

The videos cover: navigation lights, buoys and beacons, VHF radios, rules around big ships, survival, lifejackets, boat handling and many more topics.

As with most activities there is some element of risk, so make sure you challenge yourself within your limits and take the opportunity to plan and prepare before heading out.Make sure you use the Boating Safety Code as a guide for essential preparation.

For more advice and essential preparation information and links visit the AdventureSmart website or click the code below.

The Boating Safety Code

Life Jackets

Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water. 

Skipper Responsibility
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience. 

Communications
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.  

Marine Weather
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.  

Avoid Alcohol
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.
 

This information is provided by AdventureSmart New Zealand.  For more detailed information click here to visit the AdventureSmart website.

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Land Adventures

There are lots of adventures to be had in New Zealand also known in Māori as Aoteoroa or 'land of the long white cloud'.  

From tramping and camping to canyoning and caving, mountain biking, hunting and more. There's plenty to keep you entertained in the great outdoors. 

Whatever your land-based activity, make sure you “know before you go” and keep yourself safe while you enjoy a whole host of activities. 

Use the Outdoor Safety Code as a guide for essential preparation.

For more advice and essential preparation information and links visit the AdventureSmart website or click the code below.

Outdoor Safety Code

Plan your trip
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take. 

Tell someone
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.  

Be aware of the weather
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.  

Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. 

Take sufficient supplies
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario.  Take an appropriate means of communication.



      

This information is provided by AdventureSmart New Zealand.  For more detailed information click here to visit the AdventureSmart website.

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Air Adventures

New Zealand offers the opportunity to take part in many air adventures. Take a scenic flight and look down on the lakes, mountains, ocean and beaches that make up the 'land of the long white cloud'. Float at a leisurely pace in a hot air balloon or opt for an action packed sky dive from heights of up to 15,000 feet. 

You can take flying lessons in both light aircraft and helicopters, or have a go a engine-less flight in a glider, paraglider or hang glider. Most of these activities usually take place in the most spectacular of locations. Anyone flying an aircraft in New Zealand must have the required licence, or if a student pilot, be authorised to undertake any training flight. 

There is also a requirement to understand and operate in accordance with the Civil Aviation rules.

There are many operators who can assist you in your quest for an air adventure.  Visit the AdventureSmart website for a wealth of links to help you plan a safe and memorable adventure.

This information is provided by AdventureSmart New Zealand.  For more detailed information click here to visit the AdventureSmart website.

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Water Adventures

There are many water-based activities that you can experience in New Zealand. 

The best thing you can do before heading out — whether it’s a swim a beach or a dip in the river, an adrenaline-packed white water rafting experience, fishing from rocks, the beach or a boat or anything else involving water — is to familiarise yourself with the appropriate safety codes. 

As with most activities there is some element of risk, so make sure you challenge yourself within your limits and take the opportunity to ask questions before heading out.  Make sure you use the relevant safety codes as a guide for essential preparation.

For more advice and essential preparation information and links visit the AdventureSmart website or click the code below.

The Water Safety Code

Be prepared
Learn to swim and survive and set rules for safe play in the water.  Always use safe and correct equipment and know the weather and water conditions before you get in.

Watch out for yourself and others 
Always pay close attention to children you are supervising in or near water.  Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.

Be aware of the dangers
Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags.  Do not enter the water after drinking alcohol.

Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.  Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.



         

This information is provided by AdventureSmart New Zealand.  For more detailed information click here to visit the AdventureSmart website.

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Snow Adventures 

New Zealand has many mountains and alpine ranges where you can participate in a number of snow-based activities.  

While activities such as skiing and snow boarding generally take place with commercial ski areas, some activities, especially back country activities are outside the scope and responsibility of the ski area so it's essential you plan and prepare well. 

There are some key things to 'know before you go', so follow the Outdoor Safety Code.

For more advice and essential preparation information and links visit the AdventureSmart website or click the code below.

Outdoor Safety Code

Be aware of the weather

Mountain weather can deteriorate very rapidly.  Make sure you check the weather forecast and always go prepared for the worst conditions. You can check avalanche forecasts at www.avalanche.net.nz or check with the ski area.



Know your limits

Participate within your level of ability. If skiing or snow boarding try building up to more challenging runs.  If taking part in back country activities or trying something new, ensure you have the appropriate training or are with qualified and responsible guides and operators. Be aware of fatigue, many accidents happen on the last hour of the day.



Take sufficient supplies

If you wear the right clothing you will be more comfortable and protected from the wet, the wind and the cold.  If you do not have this protection the insulation value of your clothes could be reduced by up to 90%.  This significantly increases the risk of developing hypothermia.  Layering is important, two light layers of clothing are warmer and more versatile than one heavy one.  You will need a jacket, over trousers, socks*, hat* gloves with waterproof outer shell, thermal underwear* top & bottom, medium weight top*, jersey or fleece jacket*, sunglasses or goggles  to prevent snow blindness, sunblock/lip balm.

 

* Select warm garments made of wool, polypropylene or polyesters (fleece).

 

Nutrition
With high energy output activities, it’s important to be properly fuelled.  Eat a good breakfast and lunch and pack high energy snacks such as muesli bars or barley sugars in case you get tired and keep hydrated.

This information is provided by AdventureSmart New Zealand.  For more detailed information click here to visit the AdventureSmart website.

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