10. Safety precautions
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Check in regularly along your journey so your contact can track your progress and raise an alert if you are overdue.
There are also logbooks in Department of Conservation huts. Use these to log your intentions along the way. The two should be complementary to each other. On your journey, you may hitch-hike, or people may offer a ride or a place to stay.
In this situation, you need to use your judgement. Some walkers have good memories from random encounters like this. But there is always the possibility that strangers may not have good intentions
Try to let other walkers or family and friends back home know your plans. If you fear for your safety at any time the New Zealand emergency number is 111.