Staying Safe When Working Outdoors

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Many workplaces involve safety risks, but working outdoors generates additional threats. Workplace accidents frequently occur on construction sites and in other exterior areas that don’t tend to occur at indoor locations. Equipment, clothing, and weather conditions are all factors to consider when trying to minimise injuries while working outdoors.

Electricity Always Poses a Threat

Shock hazards must always be avoided, especially when working outdoors. Wet, or even damp, conditions exacerbate the threats posed by electricity in outdoor settings. While most people realise the dangers of hitting a buried electrical cable, there are other, more common, issues facing anyone working outdoors. Power tools and extension cords are always a threat when working around water. While devices are available to quickly cut off the electricity, not everyone has easy access to those devices. Those who frequently use power tools outdoors are encouraged to explore the use of RCD (residual current devices) or other strategies to minimize electrical threats. Overhead power lines must also be carefully avoided when using heavy equipment.

Preventing Falls

Falls are a major cause of workplace injuries, with many of those injuries resulting in life-changing consequences for victims. The use of ladders is a leading cause of falls, but falls from machinery or even tripping incidents also cause serious injuries. To reduce the risks associated with falls, safety experts routinely suggest safety become a primary concern whenever working outdoors. Properly setting equipment, maintaining clean sites, and even wearing the proper clothing can all dramatically reduce the number of home, farm, or workplace accidents.

Using Care Around Machinery

Although most modern machinery is constructed with safety in mind, it’s still far too easy to become entangled in the moving parts of manufacturing equipment, farm machinery, and power tools. Taking proper precautions can greatly reduce the likelihood of an injury-causing accident. Even the choice of mens work overalls, for example, impacts the odds of experiencing some type of accident. Loose shirts, pants, or work jackets can easily become entangled in equipment. Choosing proper apparel for outdoor working conditions goes a long way toward minimising the potential for accidents.

At Westland Workgear, we specialize in providing quality clothing, including mens work overalls and mens work shorts, to keep you safe. Reducing accident rates in all industries takes time and effort, but you will be a little safer when the proper apparel is selected to reduce hazards. Contact us today if you have any questions www.westlandworkgear.co.nz.

How to Make the Most of the Outdoors in New Zealand

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New Zealand is famous for its great outdoors. Its land is marked with rolling hills, huge waves that are every surfer’s dream, beautiful snowy slopes perfect for skiing and so much more. To say it’s breathtaking is to understate it. Whether you are a local or visiting from another country, how do you make the most use of this heavenly outdoors? Here are the top activities to help you appreciate Mother Nature from the skies, the surface or under the ground.

1. Surfing

Being an island nation, New Zealand is a great destination for water lovers. Wherever you are, chances are that there is a coast near you and rolling waves to satisfy your thrill. For surfing enthusiasts there are plenty of great spots to ride the waves. Some of the most popular include The Wall, Uriti, Airport Reef and Makorori Point.

Surfing spots vary in features and difficulty. So do your research and find the place that is perfect for your needs and skill level. If you are a surfing amateur, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of schools offering beginner and intermediate lessons. Most of these schools are located near famous surf spots.

Other water activities you can enjoy include swimming, diving, canoeing, paddling and sailing.

2. Hiking

What better way to take in the rolling hills and blinding lushness than to walk amidst it. Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities for both local and foreign tourists. You can go for short hours-long hiking trips or dare yourself into a multi-day hiking trail to encountering the best nature has to offer.

There are hikes designed for thrill seekers, hikes for couples and even kid-friendly hikes for the whole family. Plenty of tour companies offer guided hikes at affordable prices.

3. Fishing

New Zealand brims over with water bodies, which means plenty of great fishing spots. From lakes to springs to rivers and creeks, there are many places you can catch yourself a flipper. The most important things are following local regulations and taking necessary safety precautions, including wearing the right gear.

4. Skydiving

Take in the view from up high. Places like Queenstown, Franz Josef and Wanaka are popular for thrill seeking skydivers. Find a good company that will help you with preparation and safety. Some companies even offer to take a video of your adventure. It can be a bit scary but for the adventurers, it is a once in a lifetime experience.

5. Caving

The beauty is not just on the surface, it extends down underground in a series of breathtaking caves. And it is not just about walking; you can take a boat ride through caves glowing with larvae or climb through tricky rocks to access even more wondrous sights.

Having the right gear

Whether you are outdoors for work or leisure, it is essential that you have the right gear on. This includes hot weather gear, fishing gear and wet weather gear in New Zealand. For outdoor exploration, a nice pair of work shorts like cargo shorts would come in handy.

At Westland Work Gear we have every kind of outdoor work gear you might need. Whether its farming overalls, road works safety gear or work boots, we have it all. Visit our website at www.westlandworkgear.co.nz to see our products and place an order.

Essentials for Walking in the Tongariro National Park

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The Tongariro National Park is the oldest National Park in New Zealand and is classed as a dual world heritage site as it has both national and cultural world heritage status. The Tongariro National Park was the location of Mordor in the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand.

These are some of the reasons that thousands of people visit the national park each year, both from New Zealand and overseas. The popularity of the 19.4 kms track means that there are plenty of options for walkers who want to tackle the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can arrange to be dropped of at one end of the track and be picked up at the other side, you can walk the track as part of a guided walk or you can add on a side trip to the summits of Mount Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

Whatever way you decide to experience the wonder and challenge of this volcanic environment there are some key things you will need with you to ensure that your trek is both safe and fun. These are the essential items you will need when you walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in spring, summer or autumn. The track is open in winter but it is recommended that only those who have experience in walking/hiking in alpine conditions attempt the crossing and do so with a guide.

Like any outdoor activity, when you are walking in the national park the weather can be unpredictable and conditions can change very quickly.

It is important that you take the following items with you for your trek:

By ensuring you have the right footwear and clothing for the environment you significantly reduce the chance of injury and potential ill effects from the weather such as sunburn. It is worth investing in clothing specifically designed for the outdoors, particularly if you plan on doing more walks in the future.

Cargo pants  are a good choice for walking pants as they are loose fitting, have many pockets and are easy to clean. Some cargo pants have removable lower legs so you can convert them into shorts. This is a great feature and would be handy for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk as the weather can vary as you go through different parts of the trek.

Westland Workgear are a South Island business specialising in outdoor clothing and they have a range of cargo pants for men available that are perfectly suited to day walks such as the Tongariro Apine Crossing. Their multi-pocket cargo pants are available in a range of colours and are designed to be durable and long lasting.

Be comfortable and safe on your next trek, contact Westland Workgear by phone or view their full range of products including mens cargo pants on their website – www.westlandworkgear.co.nz 

5 Popular Tramping Tracks Around New Zealand and What to Bring

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New Zealand has an extensive range of walking tracks that take walkers through some dramatically beautiful scenery. Many walks can be done in half a day and others take several days with overnight stops along the way. In New Zealand another name for hiking is tramping and in this article we give you a brief overview of five of the most popular tramping tracks in New Zealand and the key things you will need to take with you on your journey.

About one third of the country is classed as national park land for the enjoyment of the public. The Department of Conservation (DoC) manages and maintains the land. DoC have nine designated ‘Great Walks of New Zealand’ and five of them are located in the South Island.

Milford Track

The Milford Track is located in Fiordland which is New Zealand’s largest national park. Milford track is a famous tramp and it is necessary to book your walk well in advance whether you take a guided tour or do an independent walk on the track. The tramp takes four days and takes in some amazing scenery such a fiords and mountains.

Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track is another famous South Island track that is very popular with New Zealanders and tourists alike. The tramp takes three days to complete and covers 39kms with many panoramic views along the way.

Kepler Track

The Kepler Track follows a loop that begins and ends at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau. It is a four day track that takes walkers through lakeside forests, open grasslands and mountain tops.

Rakiura Track

The Rakiura Track is located on Stewart Island. Stewart Island is famous for its birdlife and dramatic scenery. The walk takes three days over gentle gradients with no steep mountainous climbs.

Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track takes about five days and is accessible all year round. Scenery such as the nikau palm-lined beach at the western end of the track make the Heaphy walk a popular one with trampers.

When you begin any of your walks it is important to make sure you have the correct clothing and equipment with you so you are prepared for changeable weather conditions. It is important to bring enough food and drink and wear strong sturdy boots as you will be tramping over different types of terrain. Warm clothing layers are a must as are a pair of waterproof cargo pants.

By making sure you are wearing the right footwear and clothing your walk will be much more enjoyable. It is worth investing in clothing specifically designed for the outdoors, particularly if you plan on doing one or more of the great New Zealand walks mentioned above. Cargo pants are great for tramping as they are loose fitting, have many pockets and are easy to clean. Some cargo pants can also be turned into shorts by removing the lower part of the legs which will be great for longer walks when the weather can vary throughout the day.

Westland Workgear are a South Island business providing outdoor clothing for trampers and walkers. They have a range of cargo pants available that are perfectly suited to tramping in New Zealand. Their multi-pocket cargo pants are available in a range of colours and are designed to be durable and long lasting.

To be comfortable and safe on your next New Zealand tramp view the Westland Workgear website for all your tramping gear.

5 Most Popular Tramping Trails in New Zealand’s North Island

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New Zealand’s North Island is widely known for its extensive network of truly spectacular tramping trails and day walks. If you are fond of hiking, then this article gives a brief overview about five of the most popular trails in the North Island. These tramps will take you through remote rainforests, volcanic areas and even famous movie locations.

1. Tongariro Northern Circuit

This is one of the most appreciated circuits in New Zealand’s North Island. The Tongariro Northern Circuit is designed for more experienced walkers given the fact that the loop track lasts up to four days with overnight camping in huts along the way. The walkway ends at Mount Ruapehu, and it gives you a closer look at this highly active volcanic region. On your way you will encounter a variety of natural beauty, from amazing geysers and fumaroles to lava formations and even mineral lakes.

2. Lake Waikaremoana Track

This is a 45 km track that is located on one of the most remote (and also most beautiful!) regions of the North Island. Lake Waikaremoana is located close to the central volcanic plateau, and the entire track is designed to encircle the lake. Make sure to take your camera, as you will go right through the rainforest! This is also a four day tramp with overnight stops.

3. The Pinnacles

The Putangirua Pinnacles in the Wairarapa, known as The Pinnacles, is a short and easy
3 km tramp that usually takes around two to three hours to complete. This trail is located in the Aorangi Forest Park, and it is a great choice for those who want to experience different types of nature. You will walk through bush, rock stalagmites that rise high into the air and other breath-taking natural formations. This walk also offers excellent views of Lake Onoke. The Pinnacles tramping trail has become hugely popular after it was featured in the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy.

4. Whanganui Journey

The Whanganui Journey is another popular trail you can enjoy in New Zealand’s North Island. With a total length of no less than 145 km, this is a lengthy track that typically takes up to a week to complete. This trail follows theWhanganui river so you complete the trail using a kayak or canoe so it is recommended for experienced trampers with a good level of fitness.

5. Cape Brett Walkway

This is a 16 km, eight-hour walkway for experienced trampers, and it starts at Oke Bay in Rawhiti. If you are keen to see some dramatic island views and take in the awesome sight of the vast ocean then look no further than the Cape Brett Walkway.

Before starting on any walk it is important to check the long range weather forecast and that you have all the equipment you may need for a day or overnight walk. It is also essential that you tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

If you are not prepared for changeable conditions and any unexpected events your walk can quickly turn into a unpleasant and even dangerous experience.

It is important to wear footwear and clothing that is suitable for the outdoors and the types of variable terrain you will experience on these walks. If you are planning to go tramping regularly it is worth investing in clothing specifically designed for the outdoors.

Westland Workgear are a New Zealand business that specialise in work shorts and outdoor clothing. Their work shorts are durable and come in a range of styles which make them a good choice for outdoor activities such as walking, as well as outdoor work.

The Westland Workgear website has a wide variety of outdoor clothing for sale and they offer nationwide delivery.

Great Tramping Tracks of New Zealand’s South Island

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The South Island of New Zealand has an vast range of walking tracks that take you through a variety of different environments. Each walk will inspire you as you take in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. These walks are perfect for wildlife lovers as you will see a diverse range of plant, bird and animal life in their natural environments. If you are seasoned tramper and want to cross some new walks off your list, or you are just starting to get into tramping and need some advice about where to start, this article details some of the best tramping tracks in New Zealand’s South Island.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

This track is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand. It is a well set up and comfortable track that is well maintained so you don’t need to be an athlete to do this multi-day walk. The track takes you through stunning coastlines, with golden sandy beaches all with a back drop of hills. Accommodation huts are provided, you will need to book these in advance, or you can camp.

Charming Creek Railway

This is a day walk located on the West Coast of the South Island. The track follows the 1912 Charming Creek railway which is around 20 kms. The track is easy to follow and has many interesting historical points to note along the way such as coal miners huts and a timber mill. There are no huts along the track but camping is allowed. The track takes you through abandoned railway tunnels which are dark and wet so it is worth taking a torch with you.

Cape Foulwind

This 7 km walk will take you along the coastline of New Zealand’s West Coast. The track is wheelchair accessible and passes various points of interest including Cape Foulwind lighthouse and a seal colony. The track is covered in sea shells and its coastal proximity makes it a haven for many types of bird life. As you walk the elevated track you get stunning views of the coastline, sea and farmland.

Before setting out on any walk it is important that you have adequate clothing like tramping boots, a good hat – such as a bucket hat or other full brimmed hat, food and other supplies such as a tracker and first aid kit. New Zealand has a changeable climate and it can even feel like four seasons in one day some of the time.

If you are tramping in the spring and summer months it is essential you wear a bucket hat whenever you are in the great New Zealand outdoors. Bucket hats provide shade and protection from the harsh New Zealand sun. Even on cloudy days the sun is very strong in New Zealand so most people can be seen wearing a bucket hat whenever they are outdoors.

Our company, Westland Workgear, is a South Island business that sells clothing to trampers and outdoor enthusiasts right across the country. The bucket hats we sell are durable, stylish, come in a range of colours and styles, and offer great protection from the New Zealand climate. Don’t feel the heat on your next walk.

Popular Summer Walking Tracks In New Zealand

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Make the most of the summer weather and head into the great New Zealand outdoors. There are some breath-taking summer walking trails that every keen tramper must try at least once.

Before you head out though, it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you.

Some of these tracks include overnight stops so you will need to take adequate clothing (including warm layers for when the sun goes down and raincoats just in case!), sleeping gear, food and water.

To keep cool in the New Zealand heat it is important to wear a hat that offers you broad protection from the sun. Bucket hats are perfectly designed for the New Zealand summer and you can buy them from outdoor clothing suppliers such as Westland Workgear. Westland Workgear are a New Zealand business that specialise in outdoor clothing, from cargo pants to bucket hats.

Westland Workgear offer nationwide delivery from their online store so visit their website to view their stylish and practical range of New Zealand made bucket hats.

Here are some of the most popular and magnificent walks in New Zealand:

1. The Heaphy Track

Located in the Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand’s South Island, the Heaphy Track is very popular with both amateur trampers and professionals.

You can walk on foot year round or use your mountain bike to explore the track from May to September each year.

This famous walking trail starts from the Golden Bay and is one of the ‘Great Walks’ of New Zealand.

2. Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque summer walking trails in New Zealand – from deep valleys and mesmerising waterfalls to lakes and soaring mountain peaks, the Routeburn Track simply has everything a walker could possibly wish for.

The Routeburn Track links Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park, and it is designed to be a multi-day stopover track.

3. Dusky Track

The Dusky Track is another popular trail that is worth exploring, especially if you want to see the glacial valleys of the Fiordland National Park. As beautiful as this trail may be it is quite difficult so is best for experienced walkers.

4. Abel Tasman Coast Track

Located in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, the Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of the easiest and sunniest coastal walking trails in New Zealand.

The only downside to the Abel Tasman Coast Track is that it is one of the most crowded ones – which is understandable, given the breathtaking views you will enjoy along the way.

Some of these tracks are easier than others, but they are all worth exploring, so grab your bucket hat and head out in the New Zealand summer!