NZ Topomaps https://www.topomap.co.nz
WAMS (best aerial photography) https://www.wams.org.nz/
Maps from DOC http://www.doc.govt.nz/maps
Maps past http://www.mapspast.org.nz
(http://www.locusmap.eu for mobile phone and google earth for impressing people)
DOC http://www.doc.govt.nz - or call / inquire within visitor centre
Greater Wellington Parks/walkways http://www.gw.govt.nz/parks/
Te Araroa https://www.teararoa.org.nz
(look for distance, altitude, vegetation, track conditions, river/alpine travel and determine required skills and whether trip is desirable/suitable for group / weather-conditions / time budget)
Trip databases, blogs
Old VUWTC website: http://old.vuwtc.org.nz/cs/forums/20/ShowForum.aspx
Wilderness Magazine, Heels (our annual publications), Get inspiration from hut book entries.
Ask people and search for other tramping (club) trip reports (aka ask google!)
driving time: see https://www.google.co.nz/
tramping Trip times: From track info / trip reports (be aware of intended audience).
FMC Safety in the Mountains for tramping times (page 3):
Time to leave hut after getting up 1.5 hr
Time to leave camp after getting up 2 hr
Well formed tracks 4-6 km / hr
Well-formed tracks with children/picture taking 2-3 km / hr
Tramping tracks 2-3 km / hr
Off-track, open bush 1-3 km / hr
Off-track, scrub 100m - 400 m / hr
Off-track, rugged country 6-10 km / day
Climbing on tracks, or open country Add 1hr per 300-350m of height gain
- Descent, open country 300-600m height / hr
River Flow (mainly Tararuas):
Wellington, Wairarapa: http://graphs.gw.govt.nz
If you're heading to the mountains (South Island / central North Island) during the winter, it's essential to check this.
Food, Gear, Fitness & Skill
Navigation required? River Crossing Skills? Experience with adverse conditions?
Will everyone need the skills or do you have skilled party members/leader?
Tramping: walking and scramble only. (Mt Cook system: Grade 2)
Alpine scale: http://climbnz.org.nz/faq#n7164 (e.g. Mt Cook system)
(yes, these data are dependent on taste and time of year!)
- Dinner: 5NZD per person / Breakfast 2ish Per Person / Booze: don’t ask…
- Fuel: 1.80 to 2 NZD per Liter – 1 l per 10 km (depending on load, hills, driving style)
- DOC hut (standard 5 or serviced 15 NZD/night), annual pass (80NZD with FMC discount)
- Rental Car 20 NZD – 40 NZD per day, see ACE or Omega