• Always check the weather forecast before setting off and dress for the expected weather conditions. Carry extra clothing in case the unexpected happens and the weather changes.
• Wear comfortable sturdy footwear suitable for walking.
• Tell someone where you ore going and when you expect to return .
Remember: if the walk you are going on is there and back, allow time and energy for your return leg.
• Make sure you have plenty to eat and drink.
• Respect the plants, wildlife and the natural environment.
• Have consideration for others. o Remove all rubbish you take with you or use the rubbish bins provided.
• Never light fires. Take only photographs and memories.
Walking is one of the most accessible pastimes: you can safely walk in towns or in the countryside without any specialist clothing, equipment or skills. However, if you plan to go deeper into the countryside you will be more comfortable and safe if you take a little time to prepare and follow a few simple safety instructions. If you intend to go into more remote and rugged areas, good 'planning and preparation are essential.
• Check the tides for some of the coastal walks and where paths cross river mouths. It is essentia Ithat you check the tide tables before you leave.
• Avoid using river walks during times of orforecasted heavy rain as flooding may occur. Don't walk alone, particularly in bush or secluded areas.
• You should not walk in remote areas without a good basic knowledge of first aid. At least one person in a party should know how to bandage an ankle or apply a splint to a broken limb, be able to recognise the signs of hypothermia or heat exhaustion and know how to respond.
• Always carry a first aid kit. Ready-made first aid kits are available from many outdoor shops or pharmacies. The fundamental rules of first aid are warmth, rest and reassurance.
• In cold weather the greatest danger is hypothermia or exposure. To avoid them make sure you have enough warm clothing, extra food and plenty of water. In warm weather, the main hazards are sunburn, windburn and dehydration. Sun hats, sunscreen and water can prevent serious sunburn or heatstroke.
•Don't underestimate the amount of water that you will need. It is recommended drinking 1.5 - 2 litres of water a day for an active lifestyle, and you will need more ifyou are walking strenuously and/or if the weather is hot.
•Warning: The maps in this website are a guide only and are not suitable for navigation. Forgreater detail refer to topographical maps available from the Department of Conservation.