Date: 22 December 2016
"We want families to enjoy connecting with nature and return home safely this summer," says Kapiti Wellington Operations Manager Jack Mace.
"I urge families to get out and enjoy a walk or tramp; but be prepared for the outdoors and changing weather conditions, even in summer."
"Plan to stay safe by checking DOC alerts and follow the Outdoors Care Code; plan your trip, tell someone when you'll be back, be aware of the weather, know your limits and take extra clothing layers and food supplies."
Campers are reminded to respect both the environment and their neighbours by following the camping care code; camp only where allowed, leave no trace and don't disturb native wildlife or fellow campers.
"While enjoying the summer weather consider the fire risk; dry conditions and wind can rapidly whip a small blaze into a disaster. Most fires start in access-ways and areas such as roads, riverbeds, tracks and campsites," says Mr Mace
Fire permits are required for fires on or within 1km of all public conservation land and don't light campfires where they are not allowed.
Mr. Mace says "I hope that families will discover or reconnect with a DOC reserve, track, hut or campsite, and leave refreshed by connecting with nature, with some special summer holiday memories."
For all fire emergencies please dial 111. For conservation emergencies; such as injured wildlife, whale strandings or to report any safety hazards, phone the DOCHotline (0800 362 468). View further information on environmental care code and camping care code.
Full details on walkways and campsites are available at your local DOC Visitor Centre or on our website.
Community Ranger, Kapiti Wellington
Department of Conservation
Phone: +64 4 470 8439