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I discovered my true passion for hiking when I moved to New Zealand. I remember my first hike. I climbed up Mount Oxford clad in lycra, zilch sun lotion and no sandwiches. When I arrived at the top, I was knee deep in snow, freezing, hungry and my nipples were at the brink of going on strike and falling off from the cold. BUT the stunning landscape I was faced with hit me square in the forehead like cupid’s arrow and I was hooked.

There are two types of hikes in New Zealand. The 9 Great Walks and all other trails. electricity generation in india The great walks have well maintained tracks and facilities. Perfect if you are a novice hiker. But bear in mind it gets pretty hectic in the peak periods between October and April. You need to secure your accommodation well ahead as the walks are very popular and get booked up. You can find information on the Great Walks on this site: ‘Great Walk: The Abel Tasman Track’

There are thousands of hikes in NZ. I would recommend beginning by inputting your location in the Department of Conservation ‘ DOC’ website. gas vs electric oven It will list all the different hikes in your area, the level of difficulty, duration and basically all the useful information you will need for your hike. I often think the website was written by a woman as its super organised and useful….. 🙂 Just kidding! Mighty ‘Mount Cook’

New Zealand has a plethora of huts (with campsites) dotted throughout the hiking trails for hikers who want to take on overnight hikes. The huts are divided into 4 categories which differ according to facility and price. The Great Walk huts have the best facilities but also cost the most. You can expect to pay between NZD15 to NZD140 for a hut in peak seasons and between NZD6 to NZD20 for a campsite.

The second type of huts are serviced huts which have mattresses, a water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. gaslighting examples They may have cooking facilities with fuel and a warden. It costs NZD15 for a hut and NZD5 to camp. The third type are standard huts which have mattresses, a water supply and toilets. It costs NZD5 to sleep at the standard huts and its free to camp. Finally, there are basic huts which provide very basic shelter with limited facilities. la gasolina daddy yankee mp3 Basic huts are free to stay at.

What to pack is dangerous territory. Pack too much and you will curse the entire forest as your heavy bag will cut your shoulders and no amount of unnecessary leg cream you brought will soothe it. Pack too little and you will wish you had your raincoat when the heavens decides to soak you through to the bone, and you resemble a drowned rat. Overpacking

What you pack is also dependent on the number of days you intend to hike. As a rough guide for a 3 day hike in summer, I would normally pack a minuscule cooker (its smaller than my hand and super light), a pot, utensils (make sure you have a sharp knife), a plastic plate, a LIGHT sleeping bag, a small neck pillow, 2 pairs of socks in case one gets wet, 2 pairs of shorts and tops to hike in, 1 long comfy pair of pants and a top for the evenings when it gets cold and 1 pair of sleeping clothes. I always ensure I bring an extra outer layer which is made out of fleece or merino, as it will always get cold at night and make sure you bring a raincoat and waterproof bag cover. gas dryer vs electric dryer operating cost Prepare for the elements, its helps to imagine that the weather in New Zealand is a two-year-old. It’s a true delight, full of giggles and sunshine but equally unpredictable and prone to throwing tantrums resulting in heavy downfalls of rain and strong gusts of wind.

I would recommend wearing hiking boots as there will be slippery parts on the track and potentially river crossings. You don’t need anything too fancy or expensive, you can pick a pair for NZD30 at Kmart or Warehouse. Remember to bring flip flops to wear around the huts or camp grounds as your trainers will get muddy and dirty. ALWAYS bring a first aid kit and wet wipes. There will be so many occasions when you will need wipes. electricity 220v In fact, it will be so useful prepare to be eyed with envy when everyone smells a bit ripe and you look and feel fresh as a daisy that has been washed twice! Finally, I always bring antihistamines and painkillers in case you get bitten or injured.

For breakfast I bring porridge, a small carton of UHT milk and scorggin (this is a mixture of dried food and nuts, you can purchase it at any NZ supermarket). You just add boiled water to the porridge in the morning, throw some scroggin on it with great gusto and voila! Le gourmet porridge 🙂Lunch consists of salami and wraps (bread gets squished), with hummus as a spread. And I go all out for dinner. I pack pre-made pasta, half an onion, cheese and get a jar of pasta sauce, put the sauce in a zip lock bag and place that in a light container. Come dinnertime I throw all the ingredients on my mini cooker and in 10 mins you have a delicious hot pasta dinner. gas 87 89 91 Bon appetit!

It’s always good to pack high energy snacks such as fruit, chocolate, sweets and biltong. And I always place teabags, sugar, salt and pepper packets (from McD! J) and 3 in 1 coffee in a zip lock bag. If you want numerous marriage proposals I highly recommend you pack chocolate and tea, I guarantee you will become the most attractive, popular person in the hut. There is nothing sexier than a steaming hot cup of tea with delicate tendrils of chocolate caressing your tongue after a long day of hiking. Lunch with a view

There is a 100% chance that you will lose phone signal on most of the trails in NZ, which is great if you are looking to take a break from social media but terrible if you are injured and need help. Prepare for this. If you are hiking alone, bring a Personal Locater Beacon ‘PLB’.It’s a small electronic device that, on activation, broadcasts a signal to a satellite. This signal alerts the New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre that you are in distress. You can hire them for as little as NZD15 a day. There are countless of stories where people have used a PLB and it has quite literally, saved their lives. electricity was invented in what year Ask old mate Google, he will tell you ! ‘Great view from Mount Hutt, but no signal here!’

ALWAYS inform someone beforehand where you are going, for how long and when to expect you back. They can alert Search and Rescue if you haven’t arrived back at the intended time/date. If you don’t know anyone in NZ, go to the nearest DOC site and let them know. At every hut there is an ‘ intentions book’. Here you will record the date you arrived and left. Make sure you record your details at every hut regardless of whether you are staying at the hut or passing on. It will be extremely useful if or when you go missing.