New Zealand's weather changes rapidly. It can be very cold at any time of the year. Always be physically and mentally prepared for the worst conditions and be ready to change your trip plans if necessary.
If you are heading into the mountains check the Backcountry Avalanche Advisory website as well as the MetService bulletins.
The MetService website provides detailed forecasts for our popular parks
Call the MetPhone service line 0900 999 + the Area Code for the local area you wish to visit (charge applies), or check the latest information and conditions at the nearest DOC visitor centre.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
DOC visitor centres
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