Local hiking clubs in New Zealand

May 5, 2004
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Local hiking clubs in New Zealand
Question: We are honeymooning in New Zealand over the Christmas/New Year holiday and plan to backpack extensively there. We would like to get in touch with local hiking clubs to get recommendations for camping sites, safe places to leave a car, crowd avoidance, etc. How can we find contact names for local New Zealand hiking ("trekking") clubs?

Julia Johnson
Greenville, SC
[email protected]

New Zealand visitors will find plenty
of hiking through all types of terrain

Adventure Adviser: A couple of umbrella groups to try are the New Zealand Alpine Club (011-64-4-384-443) and the Great Walk information desk at the Te Anau Department of Conservation (011-64-03-249-8514). Your best bet for detailed, up-to-the-minute information, though, is to talk to the experts in each area. Every national park and government-designated wilderness or hiking area is managed by a Department of Conservation (DOC) office, so once you've determined which park or track you're interested in hiking--be it the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, the Queen Charlotte Walkway, Mount Cook National Park, the Routeburn Track, or the Milford Track--you should then call them with any questions on camping, shuttle service, and safety. The New Zealand Tourism office in New York (212-832-8482) has a whole slew of contact numbers at their fingertips. For additional New Zealand info, consult the write-up, "From Here to Antipodes" in Outside magazine's Winter 1996-97 Travel Guide.
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