Get Outdoors Week | MSC’s Favourite Outdoor Escapes

NZ Mountain Safety
Nov 7 · 4 min read

In preparation for Get Outdoors Week, from 16–24 November, the team at the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) will be sharing some of their favourite locations around Aotearoa. Don’t forget to share your adventures on social media using #GOWeekNZ and be in to win prizes!

You can join us on a walk up Mt Kaukau on November 18th to celebrate Get Outdoors Week! >> Find out more

Here’s our team picks!

Marli Wingens; Taranaki Falls Walk, Tongariro National Park. Easy walking track. The 20m waterfall is framed by excellent mountain views and the full loop track provides for both open volcanic landscape and beautiful native forest. 6km loop that starts and finishes in Whakapapa Village. Excellent for families and young children.

John Farrell; Rangatira Point Track, Taupo Area. An easy walk through native bush along the lake edge, offering fantastic views, great picnic, swimming and fishing spots. Perfect for families and those warm summer days. 3kms one way, allow 1.5hrs.

Tom Harris; Lake Gault Track, Fox Glacier Area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This (very) new (re-opened) track rewards those who make the 8km return walk with panoramic views of the Southern Alps (on a clear day) and ancient Westland podocarp forests. As an intermediate track it’s ideal for those wanting a little longer outing and who don’t mind a gentle climb towards the lake. Early morning, when the lake is more likely to be calm and suited to mirror like views, is the best time to visit.

Ros Wells; Lake Daniell Track, Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. This is a great walk for families or those new to tramping as there’s day walk and overnight options, 8.4km one way to hut/camping facilities. A stunning section of New Zealand to explore!

Bevan Smith; Pinnacles Track, Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa. Easy walking track. The spectacular pinnacles can be viewed via three different access options, allow 2–4 hours for a longer loop that provides excellent views of Palliser Bay and Lake Onoke. Shorter options are well suitable for kids, and dogs are allowed in the Reserve.

Mike Daisley; Alexandra to Clyde River Track, Central Otago. An awesome family friendly cruise, 12km long with no major hills and views of the river the whole way. Wide enough to ride side-by-side to chat to your mates or family. To add a little extra buzz, include the 8km stretch from Alexandra to Butchers Point, not ideal for young kids, but great if you have intermediate mountain biking skills.

Adam Smith; Syme Hut Track, Egmont National Park. Advanced tramping track with route finding required. Suitable only in fine weather. If your fitness is good and you’re after something a little more challenging then the climb to Syme Hut, on a fine day, might just be the adventure for you. The route is exposed so plan and prepare accordingly, and only in summer when the area is free of ice and snow. Be prepared to climb (and then descend) about 1100m of elevation.

Nathan Watson; Arthur’s Pass village tracks, Arthur’s Pass National Park. From the village there are numerous options depending on the time you have available, your fitness and the weather. For short easier options try Devils Punchbowl Falls or Arthurs Pass Walking Track. If you’re after something with a little more challenge and the weather is suitable you can try the climb to Avalanche Peak or Temple Basin Skifield.

You can join us on a walk up Mt Kaukau on November 18th to celebrate Get Outdoors Week! >> Find out more

For more helpful guidance and free resources for planning a family outdoor adventure:

1. Plan My Trip; a free online planning tool

2. Get Outdoors Videos; bringing the fun to how-to videos

3. Day Walking eTool; All you need to know in 15 minutes

For more helpful information and resources head to or, and don’t’ forget to share your Get Outdoors Week adventure to be in to win!

NZ Mountain Safety

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