Work gear and outdoor clothing options in New Zealand

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Westland Workgear has a website that offers a great variety of products, predominantly  providing safety equipment for workers. The site offers products for any type of workers, such as forestry workers, cleaners, miners, fishers, farmers and engineers, as well as automotive, construction and other labourers.

Westland Workgear products are high quality. They are specially designed to protect and increase the safety level of workers. You can buy any product you may need online from their website. It is very easy and quick, and within days the goods will be mailed to your house. You can also pick the products up from the store if you wish to.

Outdoor wear

If you are working in hard conditions such as wet, rainy, or snowy areas, then Westland Workgear can provide you with the outfit and special boots that will assist you in your job. All products are thick and waterproof. They are made of a material that is highly resistant to water such as neoprene, or they are double layered so no water can penetrate. They are also thick so the heat is kept inside, which is especially helpful in cold and mountainous areas.

One great product that Westland Workgear offers for outdoor use is bucket hats. This is an especially attractive hat that has been fashionable for decades. Offering bucket hats in different colors means it is easy to find one that will suit the style of the wearer. Not only that, different styles are also available such as slouch, earflap, leather and drill hats.

Other products range from waterproof trousers that are very comfortable and flexible, vests that are extremely warm and comfortable with neoprene sleeves for added protection, jackets that have a double storm flap overzip for protection against rain and reflective tape for night use, and other clothing useful for an outdoor environment.

Tools

Westland Workgear doesn’t offer only clothes; it also offers a wide range of tools that you may need while working. Some of the tools are: ladder extensions made of strong metals that will resist shaking, knives with multiple features embodied, heavy duty blades, measurers, fibreglass tapes, and any other tool that you might think of. These tools are cheap but high quality and are resistant to water and weather.

If you don’t find the product you are looking for, give Westland Workgear a call and they will do their best to find out where you can buy the tools you need.

Easy ordering and distribution for your staff

If you are in need of a more efficient and quicker way to distribute your products to your staff and you have a large staff, then Westland Workgear can help. The solution to that problem is called Workpack Express. You will be given a form to fill in with the names of products, quantity, size, quality, and staff names.

Westland Workgear don’t delete the form when the service ends; it is saved for future use. They will sort each order and assign the exact products for each staff member as requested. You can pick up the order at the store locations or they can ship it to any location in New Zealand.

Westland Workgear can put names and logos on uniforms on request, free of charge. All you need to do is to contact them and let them know your requirements.

You will be able to choose from a wide variety of uniforms, casual or formal clothing, working footwear, working gear, and safety equipment  available in the Westland Workgear’s range. Workpack Express will supply you with trousers, shirts, working boots, hard gloves, ear protection products, first aid kits and loads of other products.

Westland Workgear is one of the biggest workgear distributors in New Zealand. Its products are worth the price and they are very effective as well. Whether you need to buy some tools to be able to fix problems with your home, clothes for resisting bad weather, cleaning and disposable products specially designed for work environments, or you are a manager and need to supply all of your workers with the required equipment to increase their safety level, Westland Workgear is there to help you find the right products you need and ship them to you.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Lake Waikaremoana

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New Zealand is well renowned for its lush scenery and varied wildlife. The numerous walking tracks throughout the North and South Islands provide people with the opportunity to get close to nature and experience the most scenic parts of the New Zealand landscape.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) maintain many of these tracks to ensure they remain safe and accessible for the thousands of locals and overseas visitors who use the tracks for walking and mountain biking throughout the year. Some of the most popular tracks in the country are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are nine Great Walks with three located in the North Island and six located in the South Island.

All the Great Walks take more than 1 day to complete so there are huts located along the tracks where you can spend the night. The huts are operated by the Department of Conservation and contain bathroom and cooking facilities. The huts cater for individuals as well as families and groups but there is also the option to camp in your own tent at the designated campsites along the tracks.

Due to their popularity many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure but there is no charge or permit required to access the tracks. Guided walks, run by private operators, are also available along many of the walks.

In this series of articles we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks and help you get prepared to take on the challenge!

Let’s start from the top with first Great Walk on our list, Lake Waikaremoana on the East Coast of the North Island.

Lake Waikaremoana

The key points:

46 kms one way – the track is not a loop track. There are drop off and pick up points at either end of the track and you can start at either end. Privately owned shuttle buses and water taxis provide transport to either end of the walk. There are also free car parks at both ends of the track. No dogs are allowed on the track.

The track is a 3-4 day walk and is categorised by DOC as an intermediate Great Walk. This means the track is well formed in most places (although there could be steep inclines or muddy sections in some parts), and has signposts along the route. You also don’t need a high level of tramping experience to walk this track. Expect to walk 4-6 hours per day.

There are five huts and five campsites along the track and fees apply to stay the huts and to camp, but under 17 year olds are free.

Lake Waikaremoana is a slice of New Zealand as it was in pre-European times and is an important place to Tuhoe, the local Maori people. You will really appreciate the spirituality and natural beauty of this special place as you pass through this sacred land.

The lake was formed around 2,200 years ago when a large landslide blocked a narrow gorge along the Waikaretaheke River and is around 248 meters deep. The stunning landscape that surrounds the lake is made up of mountains, hills and ridges covered in native plants and other vegetation.

The walk offers spectacular views of the ocean and mountains and you will walk through giant native trees to reach unspoiled beaches. The park is also home to the beautiful Korkoro Falls which run over a sheer cliff into the rainforest.

The forests around the lake are home to a large variety of bird life including native owls and parrots. DOC undertake intensive predator control in the area to protect the native kiwi. The good news is kiwi numbers are increasing in the area so visitors may hear their calls at night. What better way to end a day of walking, then listening to the sound of New Zealand’s national icon.

Before you head out into the great outdoors on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. It is essential to tell someone where you are going and the date you expect to be back. You will also need adequate food, water and clothing supplies for your trip.

If you are heading to Lake Waikaremoana in the spring or summer months you will need clothing that protects you from the harsh New Zealand sun. A New Zealand bucket hat offers you broad protection from the sun and they are perfectly designed for the New Zealand summer. Westland Workgear sell a variety of bucket hats and offer nationwide delivery from their online store. Visit their website to view a stylish and practical range of New Zealand made bucket hats.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Tongariro Northern Circuit

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New Zealand’s dramatic scenery and varied wildlife is a huge drawcard for visitors interested in hiking and tramping . There are numerous walking tracks throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand that provide people with the opportunity to get close to nature and immerse themselves in this rich landscape.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) maintain a majority of these tracks, making sure that they remain safe and accessible for walking and mountain biking all year round. New Zealand’s most popular and famous tracks are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are nine Great Walks with three located in the North Island and six located in the South Island.

All the Great Walks take more than 1 day to complete and there are huts and campsites available along the tracks for visitors to stay the night. The huts are operated by the Department of Conservation and contain bathroom and cooking facilities and you can bring your own tent to stay at one of the campsites. The huts cater for individuals as well as families and groups but you may need to book them during the peak summer season.

Due to their popularity many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure but there is no charge or permit required to walk the tracks. Guided walks also run along the tracks and these are operated by private tour companies.

In this series of articles we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks and help you get prepared to take on the challenge!

Making our way down the North Island we reach the Tongariro Northern Circuit located in the Tongariro National Park which is in the Central North Island.

Tongariro Northern Circuit

The key points:

43.1 km loop track which takes 3-4 days. You can walk the loop in either direction and very fit people can walk the loop in 2 days, with at least 8 hours of walking each day. The Tongariro Northern Circuit is subject to varied weather throughout the seasons and this will also have an effect on the time it takes you to walk the loop track. No dogs are allowed on the track.

The track is a 3-4 day walk and is categorised by DOC as an intermediate Great Walk. This means the track is well formed in most places (although there could be steep inclines or muddy sections in some parts), and has signposts along the route. You also don’t need a high level of tramping experience to walk this track. However there are seasonal restrictions for this track and from May to October facilities on the track are greatly reduced. Only experienced trampers should walk the track during the winter season due to the weather conditions and risk of avalanches.

There are a range of shorter walking tracks in the park which are suitable for the whole family and for those with less time available. You can do a walk of a few hours, a whole day, or an overnight stay in one of the three huts.

The Tongariro Northern Circuit takes your through the dramatic landscape surrounding the active volcanoes Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe. The track provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the volcanic terrain of the central North Island.

Mount Ngauruhoe was the location of Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and you can even make a side trip up the 2,287 m summit. You will need good fitness to do this though and the summit track is not marked or formed.

As you continue the walk you will pass through unique and stunning landscapes, including brilliant blue lakes, glacial valleys and a desert-like plateau. The Tongariro National Park is place of extremes and surprises and the Northern Circuit allows you to take time to experience and enjoy this varied landscape.

October to April is the most popular time to walk the Tongariro Northern Circuit and in this period bookings for the huts are required. From May to October facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider related to the weather. As it is winter, daylight hours are greatly reduced and snow, ice and below freezing temperatures are the norm.

Walking the track at this time should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well-equipped people. Before you head out on the circuit or on one of the shorter tracks it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. Tell someone where you are going and the date you expect to be back. You will also need adequate food, water and clothing supplies for your trip. No food or drink is available in the park so you will need to bring your own supplies.

It is also advisable to be prepared for at least one wet day on the track. Wet weather gear made in New Zealand is ideal for the great New Zealand outdoors and Westland Workgear sell a variety of waterproof clothing such as pants and jackets. They offer nationwide delivery from their online store so wherever you are going in the great outdoors you are prepared with their practical and affordable range of New Zealand made wet weather gear.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Whanganui Journey

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New Zealand’s stunning scenery, indigenous wildlife and unique birdlife are some of the main reasons why local and international visitors visit the many hiking and tramping tracks dotted throughout the country. The walking trails of the North and South Islands of New Zealand provide outdoor enthusiasts with the opportunity to get close to nature and immerse themselves in our diverse and unspoiled landscape.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) maintain most of the walking tracks in New Zealand, making sure that they remain safe and accessible for walking and mountain biking all year round. New Zealand’s most popular and famous tracks are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are nine Great Walks with three located in the North Island and six located in the South Island.

All the Great Walks take more than 1 day to complete (although there are smaller walks contained with the main walk) and there are huts and campsites set up along the tracks for visitors to stay the night. These huts are operated by the Department of Conservation and contain bathroom and cooking facilities. To stay at one of the campsites you need to have your own tent and camping equipment. The huts are suitable for individuals as well as families and groups but you will need to book them during the peak summer season as the Great Walks can become very busy during this time of year.

Due to their popularity many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor numbers but there is no charge or permit required to walk the tracks. Guided walks also run along the tracks and these are operated by private tour companies.

In this series of articles we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks and help you get prepared to take on the challenge!

Continuing down the North Island our next stop is the Whanganui Journey located in Whanganui National Park which is in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Whanganui Journey

This is a unique Great Walk as it actually involves canoeing down the Whanganui River with a break from the water as you walk short tracks such as a walk to the Bridge to Nowhere.

The key points:

The 145 kilometre river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki takes an average 5 days to complete by canoe. A shorter 3 day journey from Whakahoro to Pipiriki is also possible, again travelling by water in a canoe.

The river has many access points where you can begin your trip and each section of the river has different features, sights and challenges such as river rapids in the upper reaches of the river. It is recommended that you only attempt this trip if you are in good physical condition and fitness – once you’re on the river below Whakahoro, there is no turning back.

Travel down the Whanganui river taking in the scenic delights of waterfalls, rock formations and culturally significant sights, including the only DOC hut that is also used as a marae.

The land surrounding the river is made up of forests of rata, rewarewa, rimu and tawa trees. The forests are home to many native birds such as the native pigeon, fantail, robin and tui.

The river was once a hub of trade and tourism with riverboats carrying freight, mail and passengers. The main riverboat trade ceased in the 1920s due to better roads and a main railway that ran through the central North Island, although riverboats didn’t completely stop operating until the late 1950s.

Another historical stop along the river is the Bridge to Nowhere. This 3 km walk takes about one and a half hours return. It starts from the Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River and follows the Mangapurua Stream to the bridge. The bridge is made of concrete and is an icon within the Whanganui National Park because of its Historic Places Trust Category I listing.

Before you head out into the great outdoors it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. For this journey you will need your own life jacket and personal location equipment such as a location beacon. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and the date you expect to be back.

You will also need adequate food, water and safety clothes for your trip. No food or drinks are available at the campsites so you will need to bring your own supplies. The New Zealand Canoe Association has created a guide to the Whanganui River to assist you as you prepare for this trip and there are many local commercial operators that provide guided tours of the river.

Wet weather gear made in New Zealand is ideal for this trip as you will be spending your time on the river so it is essential you have waterproof clothing. Westland Workgear sell a variety of wet weather gear and waterproof work clothing in Wellington such as pants and jackets. Their cargo pants and bucket hats are also made in New Zealand and are quick drying and lightweight which means they are a practical addition to your clothing supplies on an adventure like this.

Westland Workgear offer nationwide delivery from their online store so visit their website, www.westlandworkgear.co.nz, and get prepared for your next adventure with their practical and affordable range of New Zealand made wet weather gear and outdoor clothing.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Abel Tasman Coast Track

 

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New Zealand’s stunning scenery and unique wildlife make it a great destination for both local and overseas visitors who are interested in hiking and tramping. The many walking trails dotted throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand provide people with the opportunity to get close to nature and immerse themselves in New Zealand’s rich and unspoiled landscape.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) maintain a network of walking tracks to ensure that they remain safe and accessible for people to use throughout the year. The most popular and well known tracks in New Zealand are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are nine Great Walks with three located in the North Island and six located in the South Island.

The Great Walk tracks take more than 1 day to complete (although there are smaller walks contained within the main walks) and there are huts and campsites available along the tracks for visitors to stay the night. The huts are operated by the Department of Conservation and contain bathroom and cooking facilities and you can bring your own tent to stay at one of the campsites. The overnight huts cater for individuals as well as families and groups but you may need to book them during the peak summer season.

Due to their popularity, many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor pressure but there is no charge or permit required to walk the tracks. Guided walks also run along the tracks and these are operated by private tour companies.

In this series of articles we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks and help you get prepared to take on the challenge!

The first classifed Great Walk in the South Island is the Abel Tasman Coast Track located in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman Coast Track

The key points:

60 km track which takes 3-5 days from Marahau to Wainui Bay. You can walk the track in either direction. It is well marked and signposted but some parts of the track can be steep or muddy depending on the weather. No dogs are allowed on the track.

Many secluded and sheltered coves and lookout points are accessible from the coast track as well as short side trips that take 20 minutes to 1.5 hours maximum. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of the most famous walks in New Zealand because of it’s beautiful coastal scenery and kayaking opportunities.

Golden beaches abound with camping huts available right on the beach. Lush coastal forests and natural rock pools surround the track providing safe swimming spots and the chance to see seals and penguins in their natural environment. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is a gentle walk that offers a scenic delight on every corner, so you are encouraged to take your time and explore the hidden beaches and coves along the way.

Before you head out on the track it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. Make someone aware of where you are going and the date you expect to be back. You will also need adequate food, water and clothing supplies for your trip. No food or drink is available in the park so you will need to bring your own supplies.

Guided kayaking tours are recommended for those who aren’t experienced on the water, and it is important that you prepare for the best and worst weather that could occur. In the summertime the heat and sun when you are out on the water can be dangerous so it is important to wear sunscreen and have a bucket hat to protect you from the elements.

It is also advisable to be prepared for at least one wet day out on the coastal track. Wet weather gear made in New Zealand is ideal for the great New Zealand outdoors and Westland Workgear sell a variety of waterproof and safety clothes in Auckland and Wellington such as pants and jackets as well as other protective gear such as bucket hats. They offer nationwide delivery from their online store so wherever you are going in the great outdoors you are prepared with their practical and affordable range of New Zealand made wet weather gear and work clothing.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Heaphy Track

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New Zealand is world famous for it is outdoor activities; from high octane, adrenaline-fuelled adventures to world class tramping and hiking spots, the New Zealand outdoors has something for everyone. While there are numerous walking tracks throughout both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, nine of the most popular and famous tracks are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are three walks located in the North Island and six located in the South Island.

With stunning scenery, indigenous wildlife and unique birdlife the Great Walks of the North and South Islands of New Zealand provide outdoor enthusiasts with the opportunity to get close to nature and immerse themselves in a diverse and unspoiled landscape.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) maintain most of the walking tracks in New Zealand, including the Great Walks, and they work hard to make sure that the tracks remain safe and accessible for visitors all year round.

All the Great Walks take more than 1 day to complete although often there are smaller walks along the main track which take less time. Along each of the Great Walks there are huts and campsites set up along the tracks for visitors to stay the night. These huts are operated by the Department of Conservation and contain bathroom and cooking facilities.

To stay at one of the campsites you need to have your own tent and camping equipment. The huts are suitable for individuals as well as families and groups but you will need to book them during the peak summer season as the Great Walks can become very busy during this time of year.

Due to their popularity, many of the Great Walks have booking systems to manage visitor numbers but there is no charge or permit required to walk the tracks. Guided walks are also offered along some the tracks and these are operated by private tour companies.

In this series of articles, we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks so you can familiarise yourself with the basics of each track and get prepared to take on the challenge! The second of the South Island Great Walks is the Heaphy Track which takes visitors from the Nelson/Tasman region to the West Coast of the South Island. The Heaphy Track is located in the Kahurangi National Park which is New Zealand’s second largest national park.

Heaphy Track

The Heaphy track is classed as an intermediate walking track. It is also suitable for mountain biking between the autumn and winter months (1st May and 30th September). You can complete the Heaphy track in 4-6 days and because it isn’t a circuit track it is perfect for walkers with limited time. Guided walks are available on this track and pick up and drop off services are available from major towns and cities in the South Island.

The key points:

The 82 kilometre track through Kahurangi National Park connects the Aorere Valley in Golden Bay with Karamea on the West Coast of the South Island. The Heaphy Track is well formed and well marked and all the major stream and river crossings are bridged for safe crossings.

Each day on the track is different and is split into distinct sections including inland tussock hills, lush forests with giant rata trees and dramatic coastal cliffs.

The Heaphy Track follows an ancient Maori route which the Golden Bay Maori used when travelling to New Zealand’s West Coast in search of pounamu (greenstone) for tools, weapons and ornaments. The track was named after Charles Heaphy when in 1846 he and Thomas Brunner were the first Europeans to traverse the coastal portion of the modern track.

Day walks are popular on the Heaphy Track because they give people a taste of the track without having to commit the time or energy to the total walk. Each short walk offers breathtaking views and scenery whether you choose and inland or coastal walk. The ZigZag walk, Nikau walk and Scotts beach track will certainly wet your appetite for the Kahurangi National Park.

Before you head out into the great outdoors it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and the date you expect to be back. You will also need adequate food, water and clothing supplies for your trip. No food or drinks are available at the campsites so you will need to bring your own supplies, and remember to take all your rubbish with you are there are no disposal sites along the track.

Like any outdoor activity the weather in Kahurangi National Park can be changeable and the West Coast of the South Island is known to be wet at any time of year. You should prepare for wet, windy and cold conditions, particularly in the sub-alpine areas of the track, as well as warm sunny weather during your stay in the Golden Bay part of the track as it is one of New Zealand’s sunniest regions.

Be prepared for any weather with Westland Workgear – a West Coast company that provides a range of New Zealand made wet weather gear and outdoor clothing including New Zealand bucket hats which provide essential protection from the harsh New Zealand sun. Their work clothing like cargo pants and bucket hats are made in New Zealand and are quick drying and lightweight which means they are a practical addition to your clothing supplies on an adventure like this. They offer nationwide delivery from their online store so wherever you are going in the great outdoors you are prepared with their practical and affordable range of New Zealand made wet weather gear, outdoor clothing, and health and safety gear in Wellington and Auckland.

Great Walking Tracks of New Zealand: Routeburn Track

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With dramatic scenery and a large variety of native bird and wildlife, New Zealand is a popular destination for visitors interested in hiking and tramping. There are numerous walking tracks throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand which offer both local and overseas visitors, ample opportunity to get close to nature and immerse themselves in this New Zealand’s diverse landscape.

The majority of these tracks are maintained by the Department of Conservation (DOC) who make sure that the tracks are safe and accessible for walking, and even mountain biking, all year round. Some of the most popular and famous walking tracks in NZ are collectively known as ‘The Great Walks’. There are nine Great Walks in total. Three are located in the North Island and six are located in the South Island.

Each of the Great Walks take more than a day to complete if you travel the complete distance but there are smaller tracks to take within each walk, so even if you are short of time you can still enjoy the beauty of the New Zealand environment. If you do decide to complete the full journey along a Great Walk there are huts and campsites available along the tracks for visitors to stay the night.

The huts normally contain bathroom, cooking and sleeping facilities or you can bring your own tent to stay at one of the campsites. While there are no fees or permits required to visit the Great Walks you will need to pre-book your spot at a hut or campsite, especially during the peak summer season.

Guided walks run along most of the tracks but need to be booked in advance with the private tour companies who operate them.

In this series of articles we will take a closer look at each of the Great Walks and give you some tips to get the most out of your trip.

The Routeburn Track

The key points:

A 32 km one-way track that crosses both the Fijordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks.

The track is a 2-4 day walk and is categorised by DOC as an intermediate Great Walk. This means the track is well formed and is signposted. There are also bridges set up along the route, however in the off season (May to October) facilities on the track are greatly reduced. Only experienced trampers should walk the track during the off season because of the risk of avalanches and flooding in the area.

You can walk this track in either direction and there are no steep inclines which makes the track easy for beginners. There are also day walks available along the track and you can start them from either end. As well as day walks and full tramping and camping experiences you can also take part in other activities, such guided walks, guided canyoning and hunting, along the Routeburn Track.

The Routeburn Track is famous for its spectacular mountain views which look even more beautiful when they are dusted with snow. The valleys within the track feature beech forests and crystal clear blue alpine lakes. There is no greater setting than this to appreciate the natural beauty of New Zealand.

Before you head out on this Great Walk it is essential to be prepared and ensure that you have all the right equipment with you. Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will be back. You will also need adequate food, water and clothing supplies for your trip as you can’t buy food or drink along the track.

It is essential to be prepared for wet weather as you walk along the Routeburn Track. Wet weather gear made in New Zealand is ideal for the great New Zealand outdoors and Westland Workgear sell a variety of waterproof safety clothes in Wellington and Auckland, and pants and jackets from their online store.

They even sell New Zealand made bucket hats which will keep you cool and protected from the harsh New Zealand sun. Westland Workgear deliver nationwide so wherever you going in the great outdoors you can be prepared for any weather with their practical and affordable range of New Zealand made outdoor safety clothing.