Plan a day hike with kids NZ

Plan a Day Hike with the Kids

Planning a day hike with kids can be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories. A little planning can help you enjoy a safe and memorable day hike.

Choose a Suitable Trail: Select a trail that is appropriate for children, with a manageable distance and difficulty level. We love trails with interesting features like waterfalls, wildlife, or scenic viewpoints. A swing bridge is a bonus!

Pack the Essentials: Make sure to bring the following essentials:

  • Water and snacks: Pack plenty of water and tasty snacks to keep the kids energised.
  • Simple first aid kit: Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, sunscreen, and any necessary medications.
  • Sun protection: Don't forget your hats!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: Dress the kids in layers according to the weather forecast. Include rain gear if necessary.
  • Whistle and flashlight: These can come in handy in case of emergencies.
Talk: setting out together is a great opportunity to connect. You can pass on knowledge about the local flora and fauna, point out interesting geological formations, or just chat.

Set a Comfortable Pace: Adjust your pace to the abilities of the youngest or slowest hiker. Encourage breaks to rest, drink water, and enjoy the surroundings. Make the journey enjoyable and not overly strenuous.

Encourage Safety Measures: Teach the kids about trail mountains, and bush safety, such as staying on the marked path, not picking strange wild plants, and being cautious around cliffs and rivers. Ensure they understand the importance of sticking together and not wandering off alone.

Plan a Picnic: Choose a picturesque spot along the trail for a picnic. Let the kids enjoy their surroundings and maybe play some games to keep them entertained during the break.

Capture Memories: Bring a camera to capture the special moments during the hike. Encourage the kids to take photos as well, allowing them to express their perspectives and experiences.

Wind Down After the Hike: After the hike, consider stopping for an ice cream or treat to celebrate a great day and acknowledge the kids' efforts.

Remember, the key to a successful hike with kids is patience, preparedness, and fostering a love for the outdoors.

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