October 23rd, 2020
If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, you’re probably well familiar with all the amazing sceneries you can see in the films. However, they look ten times better in real life, and you’d have to see it to believe it. Most of the first-time visitors to New Zealand choose to come back again, as there is just so much to see and explore, one trip can hardly be enough. And the best way to experience the beauty of New Zealand is by going on a walking holiday – and here are a few things you should know about it.
Choose your route wisely
First things first, you need to learn as much as you can about the available hiking routes. Some routes are not for beginners, and some might also take quite a long time to finish. So, you need to be aware of your endurance and skill level, and then choose a route that would fit you. Since a certain level of fitness is required before going on a hike in New Zealand, you definitely need to take some steps and prepare yourself in order to be sure you’re in good enough shape for hiking. Also, not every route has the same “features”. For instance, if you want to learn more about the Maori culture, you should opt for hikes on the North Island. On the other hand, if you are more interested in waterfalls, rivers, and fjords, you should opt for the South Island.
Think about communication
No matter where you’re going, you need to have a reliable way of communicating with your friends, family, and emergency contacts. This is why many Australians who travel to New Zealand choose to get New Zealand sim card, which can be activated as soon as you arrive in New Zealand. What makes this card so useful is that it can instantly connect to the 4G networks, it gives you unlimited texts to Australian and NZ numbers, and you’d have unlimited calls too. Most importantly, though, you don’t have to worry about getting a huge bill after the trip. So, if you happen to be from the Land Down Under, consider getting this card before your walking holiday.
If you’re going to be walking for hours, it’s essential that you’re as comfortable as you can be. So, don’t use the hike to test your new boots for the first time – break them in before your trip starts. You need to know for sure that they will be comfortable to wear for a long time. As for the clothes, get something that is made of quick-dry fabric, or, depending on the season, something breathable. Needless to say, tight jeans are not the best choice for long hikes, so do your research on the best clothes for walking, and make sure you come prepared.
What to pack
When everything you have is on your back, you become much more aware of the difference between what you need and what you want. Eventually, you learn to pack only what you want to carry. However, to determine what that is, you need to know which facilities and services you will have, whether at the route alone or at the campsite, if you’re camping as well. Most sites have water supplies and places where you can rest for a bit, but some sites are more serviced than others, so again, make sure to do your research before you start hiking.
Going on a walking holiday in New Zealand is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature and learn more about the local culture. So, consider the listed tips, prepare yourself by doing some research, and have no doubt that this trip would be one you’d remember for a long time – and moreover, expect to fall in love with this place, so much that you will definitely want to come again.
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