Wilderness options

I live in a small remote mountain town in the state of Colorado in the USA surrounded by a million hectares of public land. We are planning a round the world trip from March 2023 through June 2023 with a couple of weeks in New Zealand in late March. There are several different types of public lands here in the USA with different rules. The National Parks are the most popular with the most rules. The National forests are less restrictive and Bureau of Land Management tends to be the most laissez faire. Our tramping leans towards the more remote areas where there are no trails. The great walks look amazing, but seem to be rather busy compared to what we are accustomed to. Colorado and New Zealand are very similar in total land area and population. Are there remote places in New Zealand that one can tramp in solitude? Where you can you can set up your tent away from everyone? Thanks in advance for any advice
https://tramper.nz/places/wildernessareas there are 11 official wilderness areas in Nz but you need to do more research as to how they fit with your travel plans. Some are quite hard to get to and you could hit weather issues at that time. We might only get -10C winter but we do it with high wind and percipitation
Oh, there are only about a bazillion places you can go to be alone. I can't remember specifically, but I believe you can freedom camp anywhere that's at least 200 metres from an established track, and at least 500 metres from a Great Walk track. Kahurangi National Park is vast, with both an established network of huts and tracks, plus incredible areas of wilderness. The Lewis Pass area is a favourite of mine for off-track travel, as is Tongariro NP on the North Island. I'd suggest those areas over places like the West Coast and Fiordland, which are different beasts altogether.
The first time I visited Ant Biv, the previous entry in the hut book was from 8 years before. Plenty of solitude in that area.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the 'freedom camping' exclusion is 200m from a road (rather than 'established track', as gregor writes). The type of camping we're talking about actually isn't 'freedom camping'. To quote the Act : "freedom camp means to camp ... within 200 m of a motor vehicle accessible area ... or within 200 m of a formed road or a Great Walks Track" Gregor mentions the 500m exclusion from Great Walks - madpom explains why it's 500m and not 200m in a thread from 2017 : https://tramper.nz/forums/thread/9858 So, tomgalvin, if you're remote, you can pretty much camp anywhere. Be aware, though, NZ is not like Colorado (or anywhere else). Plan, prepare - take a PLB.
"Be aware, though, NZ is not like Colorado (or anywhere else). Plan, prepare - take a PLB." No dangerous animals here although a sandfly or 1000 can make your life pretty miserable. 3 main killers here are plants weather and rivers. Plants we have the famous ongaonga I think it has 2 confirmed kills but it is the most viscous stinging nettle in the world, and we have bush lawyer Just the name should strike fear. Weather cold wet and windy makes a perfect silent killer. I read a US study a few years back that over there more hypothermia deaths occur in temperatures 20 to 40 farenhight than at colder temperatures (this is -5 to 10 Celsius). It didnt really look into the reasons but my take was that you are more likely to be correctly prepared for the extra cold times. Here it doesnt get anything like as cold as Colorado but you can imagine near freezing rain in a 30mph breeze. That sucks heat far faster than standing naked in dry still 0F conditions. Then we have our rivers. Often fast often cold often deep rarely bridged except on major tracks. Several people drown every year. Learn how to read and cross rivers

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Started by tomgalvin
On 13 April 2022
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