New Zealand is great for a holiday destination from Australia because it is so close you don’t have to waste much time getting there. That means you have more time to spend exploring the country and one of the best ways to do that is to go hiking. Of course, you could travel to New Zealand by cruise liner if you are not in a hurry.
Here are some tips for hiking in New Zealand
- Just because it is close to Australia, doesn’t mean the climate is the same. It’s much colder and wetter, with summer not really warming up until Christmas. Even then the weather is very changeable and people often claim there can be all four seasons experienced in one day. This means you have to be extra careful to wear warm clothing on hiking trips and make sure you have gloves, parka and rainwear.
- Get the warmest sleeping bag available if you intend to go camping on your hike.
- Since New Zealand is so wet – it rains for 185 days a year – never go anywhere without a rain hat and poncho. For hiking, add waterproof trousers and a waterproof backpack cover to keep your things dry, especially if you are going to camp in a tent.