New Zealand is a beautiful country with amazing opportunities to get outside into nature and enjoy hiking in some spectacular locations. It is important to realise that some spots are dangerous for the trekker who is not properly prepared or who does not have the correct equipment.
Hiking in New Zealand
Whether you are tramping in the forests (bush) or hiking in the mountains, the conditions can always change suddenly and without wet and cold weather gear there is a risk of hypothermia or drowning when streams turn into rivers and levels rise quickly after storms. Wet conditions can also lead to slips and falls which can lead to injuries that make it difficult to carry on walking and can leave you stuck in an unsafe environment.
Accidents in New Zealand
If you suffer an injury from an accident while travelling and it is somebody else’s fault then you can make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with all sorts of travel accident compensation claims for many years and our experienced legal team will take you comfortably through the process.
In the New Zealand forests you should always stick to marked trails because in a large proportion of the bush the foliage is extremely dense and it is very easy to get lost.
Make sure that someone knows where you are going and be aware of weather forecasts broadcast on radio stations, usually every hour. If you are going deeper into the wilderness then consider taking an emergency beacon locator.
Be aware that, although in many areas you can drink the water from streams in the North Island’s plateau and the Mangatepopo Valley, there are diseases like Giardia in the water so it is best to use water purification tablets or to make sure you boil the water well for several minutes.
On the west coast of the North Island is an active volcano, Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, both official names of the peak. It rises to over 2500 metres and is New Zealand’s most dangerous mountain.
The peak has minor eruptions around every 90 years according to geographic research which means that the volcano is overdue, the last eruption was in the 1860s. Taranaki is unusual because of the regular collapse of its crater during eruption which has caused lahars, or mudflow, that have reached as far as the coast and are dangerous for local farmers and unlucky hikers.
Te Araroa trail
Another demanding but appealing track for hikers in New Zealand is the Te Araroa trail. This long trail traverses the entire country over nearly 2000 miles of trekking from coastal areas, through forests and up mountains.
Follow recommendations, as the trail is extremely well organised with volunteers on hand and caretakers looking after remote areas. However, it is still worth being ready and careful, not least because of the variety of terrain that the trail covers.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice