I am headed to NZ in late September or early October for the summer. I am hoping to find advice on trekking with minimum resources and perhaps finding a hiking partner. I plan on camping, and staying in huts and possibly at farms (wwoofing). Any advise?
I am a little concerned about the 'minimum resourses' bit, the New Zealand Back Country has been a bit under estamated of late by Overseas visitors, I personally was involved with 2 SAR operations in the same Area of Aurther's Pass last summer, one which unfortunatly was for an English women who lost her life. On a more postive note the DOC web site http://www.doc.govt.nz/index.html has a lot of usefull information on tracks ( kiwi for trails) and back country huts. The main hazards are the extremly fast changing weather and rivers. On the wildlife side while there are no large mammals or poisionous reptails to worry about, the Sandfly can be very annoying so some good insect reppellent is a must.
You will probably find the tracks on all but the most touristy routes a lot rougher than in the States and Navigation skills are required on most trips i.e Map & maybe compass. drop me a note if you need any specific advice on a particular trip etc and have a good time in NZ there are some really good trips to be had away from the big name tourist tracks
Thank you for your advice, I plan on starting out easy and then moving up in difficulty. By the way I got my tickets! arriving NZ October 11th and staying until March. As I am finding it hard to find out specifics, I think I will just get there and go from there. Thanks again friend!