It’s very common to see the sun one hour, and then have heavy rain and strong winds the next -the weather is always changing.
New Zealand is in the middle of a large ocean and this means our weather changes every day and the weather isn't stable like most continental parts of Europe, Asian, America or Australia. New Zealand is a small island with most of our natural outdoor area close to the sea or mountains.
In New Zealand it’s expected you’ll tell someone what you’re doing and where you’re going, before you go. That way if something does go wrong our emergency services can help you as they'll know where you were headed.
Tell someone your plans using whatever system works for you, this could be an email, a phone call, or a detailed SMS message, and make sure you let them know once you're back out too. You may not have mobile phone reception on your walk or hike, so make sure you are prepared before you go.
Before you go make sure you’ve selected a walk or hike that’s suitable for you and your group, based on fitness levels and time available. If you’re not sure about this, then ask a local - check in at the local Department of Conservation office (they know lots about the local area) or ask someone either at your accommodation or at a shop in town before you go.