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New Zealand's weather changes rapidly. It can be very cold at any time of the year. Always be physically and mentally prepared for the worst conditions and be ready to change your trip plans if necessary.

If you are heading into the mountains check the Backcountry Avalanche Advisory website as well as the MetService bulletins.

MetService website.
The MetService website provides detailed forecasts for our popular parks

MetService weather bulletins

National parks

 Other parks and reserves

Other areas

More information

Call the MetPhone service line 0900 999 + the Area Code for the local area you wish to visit (charge applies), or check the latest information and conditions at the nearest DOC visitor centre.

 

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Weather

Maps

DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.

Walking track categories

Safety

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Contacts