Welcome to spring, Geeks! We’re celebrating the warmer weather this month with a focus on tech and apps that help you make the most of the outdoors. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out our blog on the best tech. Read on to learn more about the best apps for the season.
New Zealanders are pretty outdoorsy folk – even the geeky ones – which is why we’re looking forward to the warmer weather ahead. But of course, we’re not going anywhere without first organising all of our software and ensuring we’ve got the apps to make the most of the great outdoors. Here are four of our top Geek-approved apps for getting outside this summer.
Whether you’re hiking, biking, or running, AllTrails can help you manage your adventures. You can use this app to first research trails that suit your needs. Gather information such as starting points, distances, difficulty, parking areas, elevation, and much more. Once you’re there, you can log your activity in the app and keep an eye on the map so you don’t get lost.
If you’ve never tried Geocaching, this is the time to give it a go. This app is basically a real-life treasure hunt, with clues and information for where to find ‘treasures’ all over the country.
Each treasure is a vessel that contains a notebook and pen for you to record your name. You can also mark that geocache as found in your app. You can even leave small trinkets in the geocaches for others to find, or perhaps find something for yourself.
You’d be surprised at just how many geocaches are tucked around parks you walk through every day, city centres, outdoor hikes, and everywhere in between.
It’s not uncommon to experience four seasons in a day in Aotearoa, which is frustrating enough when you’re doing laundry but can completely ruin adventure plans if you’re spending the day outdoors.
The Windy app is a weather forecast app that can help you better plan for your tips. It is ad-free and highly accurate, and includes a weather radar, satellite map, and wind information. That can all be extremely useful when you’re out for a hike or a bike ride, such as if you are spending any time on an elevated ridgeline where high winds can be dangerous (such as the Kepler Track).
Roady is a relatively new travel app, and it offers everything you need to take a road trip. It’s filled with the kind of local knowledge that makes all the difference. The best places to stop for ice cream to the hidden walking tracks that take you to amazing waterfalls.
Be sure to add your own tips for the best places you know about near you to help other travellers.
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Those are our top picks for apps to download this spring for your upcoming adventures. Don’t miss our blog on the best hardware for the outdoors as well.
And should you ever need a Geek to help with your hardware or software this summer, don’t forget that we’re just a phone call away on 0800 4 A GEEK or book a Geek online.