New Zealand is considered one of the safest countries in the world. Although it has gangs, drug issues and a number of murders each year, not to mention natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, it is still as safe as most other developed countries. However, there is a price to pay for not being cautious in the country’s famous great outdoors.


2017 was a particularly bad year for fatalities on New Zealand’s world-famous wilderness tracks. From the 1st of July to the 30th of June that year, there were 57 fatalities on them – 31 from falling, 12 from drowning, 6 from hypothermia, 2 from avalanches, 2 from glacial ice falls and 4 from unknown causes. This goes to prove that New Zealand’s various wilderness tracks are not ‘walks in the parks’ as some overseas tourists believe. Many of the tracks are especially dangerous during the colder months. In fact, from April to December 2019, 11 people died while tramping in the various Kiwi wilderness tracks. read more