VI­TAL STA­TIS­TICS

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - New Zealand -

Largest town: Grey­mouth (South Is­land) Pop­u­la­tion: 32,400 Lan­guages: English, Maori Time : GMT+12 (+13 Oct–apr) In­ter­na­tional di­alling code: +64 Visas: Not re­quired by UK na­tion­als for stays of up to three months. Money: New Zealand dol­lar (NZ$), cur­rently around NZ$1.95 to the UK£1.

When to go Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

■ Win­ter – the weather can be more set­tled dur­ing win­ter, and fa­cil­i­ties are still open at Pu­nakaiki and in Grey­mouth. ■ Sum­mer – best chance of warmer weather; streams and creeks should be low but fa­cil­i­ties will be more in de­mand and the weather is still change­able. ■ Shoul­der sea­son – spring and au­tumn see cooler weather, fewer crowds and more room in ho­tels and huts. Do check the open­ing times of fa­cil­i­ties be­fore you go and, as floods are pos­si­ble, be sure to check track con­di­tions with the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC).

Health & safety

No spe­cific jabs are re­quired. The water is safe to drink, so fill your re­us­able bot­tles and en­joy. Do be aware that the weather in New Zealand – in par­tic­u­lar the West Coast – can be very change­able; it’s not un­com­mon to ex­pe­ri­ence all four sea­sons in a day. No mat­ter when you go, take wa­ter­proof overtrousers, a jacket and plenty of lay­ers – note that it gets cold, even in the huts, at night.

Fur­ther read­ing & In­for­ma­tion

www.newzealand.com – tourism board https://west­coast.co.nz – of­fi­cial site for the West Coast www.doc.govt.nz – Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion site; down­load a trail guide and reg­is­ter to hike the Pa­paroa Track

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