To have a great time in the outdoors:
Know before you go, the five simple rules of the Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe
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Outdoor Safety Code
Outdoor Safety Code
1. 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.
Find out how to plan your trip
View the Planning a trip in the backcountry? brochure (PDF, 668K).
2. Tell someone
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.
Telling somebody is about the Outdoors Intentions process: the way that visitors leave information with others about their intended trip into the outdoors and return time.
Find out how to tell someone your plans
3. Be aware of the weather
New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
As well being aware of the weather you need be avalanche alert as they can occur in any season. You need to understand the risks before you visit avalanche-prone country.
Find out how be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.
Find out how to know your limits
5. 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.
Find out what are sufficient supplies
About the Outdoor Safety Code
The Outdoor Safety Code is a whole of New Zealand approach to outdoor safety.
The group backing the Outdoor Safety Code includes: Department of Conservation, New Zealand Search and Rescue Council, Mountain Safety Council, Land Search and Rescue, the Police, Tourism New Zealand, ACC, Tourism Industry Association, SPARC, and the Walking Access Commission.
Since the Outdoor Safety Code was developed, the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council has collaborated with other sectors to produce further codes including:
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