Long distance tramping in New Zealand is immensely rewarding, but it comes with some unique challenges that you’ll need to prepare for. New Zealand’s landscape is rugged, steep, and often covered in dense bush or exposed to wild weather patterns. The weather can be notoriously fickle and changes can occur very quickly. Don’t be surprised if you’re caught in a storm in the middle of summer, especially at altitude. Rivers rise and fall with each storm and it is common to find them impassable for long periods of time.
All of this shouldn’t put you off. Quite the opposite. The ‘wild’ nature of New Zealand’s outdoors is what makes this environment so special to travel through. The wild storms can be highlights of the trip if you are ready for them! Thorough preparation will maximise your enjoyment of the trail and ensure you make it home to tell the story.