What the rest of the world calls hiking most kiwis refer to as tramping. New Zealand is a great place to go tramping as there are mountainous regions, lakes, bush, volcanoes and general wilderness areas that make for many and varied tramping routes. There are some popular tracks that you need to book ahead to go on (such as the Milford Track) and there are others that are marked and you can do in a day (such as the Tongariro Crossing). There are others that are well off the beaten track also. The Lonely Planet guide books have written a specific book on tramping in New Zealand so if you are an outdoors/hiking enthusiast then this book is highly recommended.
Equipment: In New Zealand the weather can be extremely changeable so it is recommended that you are well prepared for any tramping adventure. This includes the one-day Tongariro Crossing!!! Please make sure that you have clothing to suit the conditions and remember that just because it is sunny and warm when you start does not mean it will remain that way at the top of a mountain. People, usually tourists, die every year on New Zealand mountains because the are ill prepared for the changing conditions.
You will need comfortable but sturdy tramping boots with ankle support, wool socks, thermal underwear (top and bottom), polar fleece or wool jumper, wind and waterproof jacket (such as Gore-tex), gloves, hat, trousers (not jeans) and shorts. If you are camping on the mountain make sure you have a warm sleeping bag and in most cases you will need to carry your own food and sometimes cooking equipment too.
Make sure you check with the local Department of Conservation office (usually located in the Information Centre) as they will be able to give you specific advice for the rotue you are taking.
Yes, it's touted as the best one-day hike in New Zealand and yes, it's stunning.
If the weather is good, be prepared to share the trail with about 500-700 other folks.
You will see how different cultures tackle sustained one-day hikes.
You will see gorgous crater lakes and volcanos, alpine, and subalpine scrub.
Equipment: Be warned, even if it is classified as the best one day hike, weather conditions can change and folks do get lost/killed every now and then.
Have your layers, food, water, etc. ready.
Stout boots really help on the gnarly shale trail.
Sunscreen and hat and camera.
There are about three toilet stops available on the trail.
Yep tramping they call it over here, rather than hiking. Nevertheless it i the same activity. This is by far the best way to get the ultimate New Zealand experience, especially if you have the time to do one or more of the multiple day tracks in the greatest national parks of the country. Almost complete isolation at some tracks, noone can be there except for you and a small group of other people.
I have done the Milford Track in Fiordland NP, Did a day on the Routeburn Track where we walked up to Key Summit from the Divide. Hiked up Mount Luxmoore on the Kepler Track. Tramped up the Ben Lomond mountain in Queenstown. I also did the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park. Apart from these longer tramps you can doa lot of short hikes all over the country. Take a look at the Department of Conservation's (DOC) website to get an idea. If you want to to the populat tracks such as Milford, Routeburn and Kepler you would do good by booking them in advance, especially the Milford is immensely popular and should be booked a few months in advance.
This was my first time wakeboarding. The island in the background is called Rangitoto. Its one of many dormant volcanos in NZ. Its difficult to use it as a landmark because it looks very similar from all sides. My friends took me on a center console, we dropped the boat in Browns Bay, Aukland. I think Rachel Hunter is from that area. Believe it or not we are fishing at the same time. Earlier we set up a set of hooks with bait weighted to the bottom between two bouys. Later when we pulled up the lines we caught several fish including a John Dory.
Equipment: There wasn't a boat ramp like we have here. We actually drove onto the beach to the water and pushed the boat off the trailer. Having an outboard came in handy because we were able to trim the engine all the way up. It didn't hurt to have a light boat either because we had to crank it up on the trailer at the end of the day.
This is a letter that KIWI sent me. I knew she would know things like this. Check out her pages on New Zealand ! " Great fish, one of the nicest to eat. Called a John Dory and the black mark is
said to be the thumb print of Jesus!!
hope you ate it!! " >>>>>>>>>and I did...delicious.
As I mentioned above, We set out what resembled a long line of baited hooks, weighted to the bottom between two floats. We went wake boarding for a couple hours and we went back and pulled up our lines.
Here's a John Dory. This was the first and only time I've ever seen one.
Equipment: When my friends said we were going fishing I asked them where the rods were. They laughed and pulled out the longline. I prefer angling with a rod and reel but this method has its advantages.
One of the coolest place to do a kayak trip in New Zealand is in the Abel Tasman National Park. This is an all inclusive tour of the park taking you from bay to bay until you return to Motueka (near Nelson). It was a trip that I had always wanted to do. Although the Nelson area of New Zealand is known for its large number of sunshine days unfortunately for me the holidays that I took the trip was one of the wetest summers that the area had! Not to worry though, it is still an amazing experience that any traveller to New Zealand should not miss.
See my Abel Tasman National Park travelogue for an overview of the kayaking trip that we did!
Equipment: No need to bring any equipment as it is all included in the tour price.
Fishing is a very popular travel and tour activity at Bay of Islands which is very rich in all species of fish. There are organised fishing trips from the Wharf, Paihia in the North Island of New Zealand. Of course you don't expect to fish such a large shark as depicted on our photographs on the right. The large shark displayed at the Wharf in Paihia came from deep sea fishing! We are placing the photographs here just to let you know that there are lots of fish at Bay of Islands for you to fish if you are keen on fishing trips!
Equipment: Fishing equipment can be hired at local fishing trips tour operators.
If you are in the queenstown area and you are into hitting big kickers, rails and burms than snow park NZ is definitely for you. It's a man made snow park with some absolutely crazy kickers and rails that are designed for the more advanced borders and skiers. If you are only a beginner it is still worth going to snow park to check out the crazy action. Have fun and play safe.
Equipment: Warm clothes, perhaps a helmet and other safety equipment, camera and your courage and ego are a must.
I am no golf player (still too fit and young LOL) - but I can tell you that there are great golf courses all over New Zealand. And you can play nearly everywhere by paying the green fee.
Here are two websites where you can check out the locations where you want to travel:
(The Golf Guide lists lots of clubs, not just the courses, and also lists the green fees, so you get an idea how much the playing alone costs.)
Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands is one of the most famous ones in the country, and if you have a look at the website you understand why. I just see that it as rated the world's number 58 golf course in 2005:
The Cape Kidnappers Course on the East Coast is even rated higher (27):
In the Auckland area Gulf Harbour is the most famous one:
It hosted the NZ Open in 2005 and 2006 (then moved down to Christchurch and Queenstown).
Big game fishing is an unforgettable thrill. The sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands are renowned world-wide for their Marlin, Kingfish and Swordfish. Striped Marlin grow bigger in these waters than anywhere else in the world averaging around one hundred kilos. No licence is required for big game fishing, but chartering a boat with an experienced skipper is the way to go.
Opportunities to fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout are available throughout the country: try the lakes of Rotorua and Taupo and the rivers of Canterbury (Rakaia) and Southland.
Salmon fishing is also on offer in Canterbury (Waimakariri and Rangitata rivers) and on the West Coast.
Equipment: All gear can be hired from fishing stores and/or tour companies. What you will need will obviously be dictated by the type of fishing you are going to do.
A licence is required for trout fishing and regulations govern quantity of fish and minimum catch sizes. Licences can be obtained from New Zealand sports shops – see Fish & Game for detailed regulations – but it’s best to hire a professional guide who can help you out with local knowledge
New Zealand is a nation of outdoors people - well it was until Xbox - who do all sorts of activities including running. There are many running clubs and events that you can enter.
A quick survey of the Cool Running site will give you a lead on upcoming events in your area or a fun something extra to do if you are travelling. Every age and every level of ability is catered for.
Cricket is a game invented by the Poms (English) and played generally in parts of the world that were originally ruled by England. The game can be rather slow if you go to a 5 day Test match but really absorbing if you love the game like I do. Faster 1 day games are great to go to as are the new 20/20 matches which lasts for under 3 hours.
Cricket is a summer sport and played in NZ from October to April, weather permitting. The cost will vary greatly depending on who is playing. Approx cost is $40 for a seat at a 50 over game and you will wan to have a bit of money for food and drinks.
Equipment: If you are going to have a look make sure you bring something soft to sit on and a bit of food. Like many sporting places around NZ you cannot bring anything to drink with you due to liquor laws etc etc. It's all a bit stupid but there you have it.
Just let me tell you what CAA means if you are a paraglider... It is the abbreviation of Civil Aviation Authority. You will probably hear from them if you do not have the necessary permits for your sport in New Zealand.
The actual events which make me tell you this are two recent incidents with paragliders that have made headlines.
The first was the flight of a German adventurer named Gerhard Mayr in a motorised paraglider over Mt. Cook - not right into the Guinness Book of records but also into the spotlight of the media and therefore into the focus of CAA. Mayr's radio did not work after his start on Fox Glacier, and he could not be reaches, got into big trouble in the dangerous winds over New Zealand's highest peak, and finally he landed on a private airstrip without permit. CAA claims he did not hold the necessary memberships for flying in NZ either.
The second incident was the horrendously risky behaviour of two French paragliders who flew at close range to the Kingston Flyer, a tourist train on the shores of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. They obviously flew past the windows of the train and over the train, and stunned the passengers.
CAA has initiated investigations which could result in a criminal charge against the French paragliders. A spokesperson said the CAA was seeing more and more cases of dangerous paragliding.
She also pointed out that paragliders flying in New Zealand are required to be members of the Hang Gliders and Paragliders Association of New Zealand, hold a pilot certificate and follow airspace rules.
Please check before you fly here.
Contact to the NZ Hang Gliders and Paragliders Association:
PO Box 3370
Phone (03) 544 2461
Mobile phone (021) 257 4946
CAA Media Release from 18 January 2008
This week's paraglider flight over Mount Cook by a German tourist highlights the dangers these aircraft can pose.
Anyone considering buying a hang glider or paraglider should realise there are safety requirements in place that relate to the aircraft, the pilot and the airspace.
Acting Director of Civil Aviation Graeme Harris says the CAA is aware of hang gliders and paragliders being sold privately on internet web sites and there are concerns that buyers may not fully realise what is involved in owning one.
“The public should know that you can’t just buy one of these aircraft and then step off a ridge,” Harris said.
Hang gliders and paragliders must have a current annual warrant of fitness check carried out by an authorised inspector, and pilots must hold a certificate. They must also be members of the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, which oversees these aircraft in cooperation with the CAA. Membership also enables people to gain essential advice and assistance.
“Paragliders offer perhaps some of the best views of the country. But without the right training and meticulous approach to safety, they can kill,” Harris said.
New Zealand is a country that is meant to be explored. By foot hiking is perhaps your best option. Considering so much of the country is 'bush' country.
Where else can you get above tree-line at 3000ft.
Equipment: Hiking boots, plenty of insect repellent and obviously a camera.
The Sking and Snowboarding in New Zealand in both islands is fantastic, and far far superior to what is available in Australia
If sking at Mr Ruahpehu you also have the added bonus of the hot springs situated at Taupo or Turangi, only a short drive from the mountain.
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