New Zealand Guided Walks: Preparation
Level of fitness
We can’t determine your current level of fitness, but our suggestion is that you begin an exercise routine at least three months out from the departure date or at the time of booking.
This could be just walking around your neighbourhood daily and building up the distance walked over time aiming to comfortably walk more than 15km in a day.
Train in the footwear (and socks) that you intend to walk in. This will ensure that they are adequately broken in and will lessen the likelihood of getting blisters.
It is highly recommended to train while carrying a small backpack, increasing the weight carried until you are carrying 7-10kg.
If you plan to use walking poles during your trip (and we strongly recommend you do), it is a good idea to also use them during your training. Hiking poles are available free of charge at the start of the trip.
Walk in the rain during training if possible, its a good idea to test out your waterproof clothing to ensure it is functioning as it should and that its comfortable to wear
If possible, you should be getting out for two or three walks each week in the lead up to your trip.
As your trip gets closer, make sure you go for walks on consecutive days (just like you will do on the trip) to see how your body recovers.
Hydration is extremely important, both during training and on track. Always take water with you on walks and take regular sips to stay hydrated. Keeping up your fluid intake after training will also help your recovery times.
Niggles or injuries
If you get any niggles, such as sore joints, make sure you give your body time to recover before your next training session. Having an icepack in the freezer will help to settle down inflamed joints and muscles. This will speed up recovery.
Learning some basic stretches, especially for your calf muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings and hips will help keep your legs moving freely.
Don’t push yourself too hard too soon; build up the distances, weight carried and speed of walking over time.
If you have any questions about how to prepare feel free to send us an email
or give us a call on +64 (3) 545-7544 , We look forward to walking with you!