Top Christmas present ideas for hikers
Christmas is on its way, and you’ll soon be thinking about the perfect gifts for your friends and families! If you’ve got a hiker to buy for, you shouldn’t have any troubles at all coming up with something fantastic.
Here are a few top Christmas present ideas for hikers to get you started.
While one of the best things about getting out in the bush is that you’re getting away from all kinds of modern technology, there’s also the fact that modern technology can be a huge help during the hike.
A solar charger or power bank is a clever little device that soaks up the sun’s rays to charge items such as cellphones. They’re small and light enough to fit in a backpack, and are a great addition for longer treks.
Any hiker knows that water is a huge part of a good walk. Your body will need even more of it than usual to stay hydrated during long, hot hikes, but the difficulty is that carrying several litres of water is difficult.
Give your loved one a water filter that can take any water source (such as from streams or lakes), and clean the liquid so it’s safe to drink. It’ll save them from carrying loads of water and let them enjoy their hike even more.
One of the best parts of any hike is getting out and seeing wildlife and scenery that you’d never witness otherwise.
Binoculars simply make it much easier to catch these sights from far away, and can be especially good for anyone interested in birds and birding.
A Habitat Tours day tour
Habitat Tours incorporates hiking, wildlife spotting, sight-seeing, and conservation education into one fantastic day tour from Auckland.
Hikers are always on the lookout for new terrain to explore, and a tour will help them get out and discover a few of New Zealand’s best hidden gems. Opt for a trip during the day to the Waitakere Ranges or Tawharanui, or a special night-time tour of Tawharanui for the chance to see our nocturnal wildlife such as the Morepork and Kiwi.
Decent hiking socks
Socks can be something of a joke gift during Christmas, but every hiker knows the joy of proper hiking socks.
They’re thicker, longer and more durable than your normal socks, and considering how much they get worn, they need replacing fairly often.
Fitbits are excellent tools for the tech-savvy hiker. They’ll track everything from your heart rate to the distance you’ve travelled and the calories you’ve burned along the way.
Plus, since they’re worn on the wrist, they’re a non-intrusive tool for keeping track of your hikes.
Matches can – and often do – get wet when it rains or during river crossings. Lighters eventually run out of gas. Firestarters, on the other hand, just keep going and going.
These lightweight tools are made from magnesium flint and only need to be struck against one another to create a spark to get a fire going.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist