Tramping Around Southland.
Southland’s diverse landscape means we have a wide variety of tracks right on our doorstep. Whether you’re heading to the mountains, the beach, or the forest, there’s sure to be a day or multi-day walk for you.
Many of Southland’s short walks are suitable for the whole family, with a range of different terrains and durations. There are day walks throughout Fiordland, Rakiura National Park, Eastern Southland, the Catlins, and Bluff. Native flora and fauna is a feature of these walks, with many opportunities to hear birdsong and view other wildlife.
Longer tramps in our region range from intermediate level tracks to more advanced or expert tracks, like those through the Eyre Mountains. Our region’s four (soon to be five) Great Walks are suitable for most people with a moderate fitness level. These tracks are well-formed and easy to follow. You can find information on any seasonal restrictions or booking conditions for tracks here.
Before starting out on any adventure, you should have a clear plan. The Mountain Safety Council has many resources to help with planning your trip, including their “Plan My Trip” tool.
It’s important to share your intentions with a trusted person who can notify the authorities if you haven’t returned on time. While many people tramp with a goal in mind, you should always be prepared with a backup plan in case conditions or your group’s physical capabilities change. This might mean taking an easier route, turning back, or taking shelter until it is safe to continue. Returning home safely should be your top priority.
Being prepared with the correct clothing and gear for the trip is essential to a great adventure. The location, duration, and terrain will largely determine what gear you require. When choosing suitable clothing, opt for wool, polypropylene, fleece, or wicking fabrics. You’ll also need a waterproof jacket in case the weather changes.
Don’t forget, getting outdoors is all about unplugging, challenging yourself, and reconnecting with nature. Make sure you set a steady pace so you can really take in the beautiful surroundings Southland has to offer.
If you’re keen to find out more about tramping around
Southland, brush up on bush skills, or book an instructor
for your next adventure, get in touch today!
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