Family at lake
Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


This summer will see many of us out and about in nature, relaxing after a tough year. As we enjoy all that Aotearoa has to offer, let’s treasure our wildlife and special places, and keep ourselves safe.


We all have a shared responsibility to look after this awesome place. Show you love it by protecting and preserving our precious environment.

Book before you go

Demand for Great Walks and other DOC huts and campsites is high this summer, so book them online if you can. There are still lots of options available over the school holidays and beyond if you are flexible with where or when you go.

Stay safe

Know your limits and choose the right activity for you and your group. Check this website, call into the local visitor centre and know the weather and track conditions before you set out. On the day, tell someone your plans and when you expect to return. 

Wear appropriate clothes and footwear and take extra clothing and plenty of food and water. If you’re going out of mobile range take a distress beacon with you.

Stay healthy

Remember to practice good hygiene to reduce the spread of illness and stay home if you are sick. Keep a record of where you’ve been in case contact tracing is needed and use QR codes where they are available.

Look after nature

Be mindful of wildlife, particularly around coastal areas. Keep your dog and our wildlife safe by keeping dogs under control. Don’t light fires or fly a drone unless you have permission, and make sure you take your rubbish away with you.

Most of all enjoy your time in nature to relax, unwind and refresh.

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