• Gemma and Richie McCaw at the summit of Mt Richardson
    Gemma and Richie McCaw at the summit of Mt Richardson

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw and his wife Gemma, who has also represented NZ in international sports, were in the Canterbury hills last month road testing a new tool to help Kiwis explore their backyard and get home safely.

The former All Blacks captain and Black Sticks star conquered Mt Richardson with the help of a new Mountain Safety Council app aimed at hikers.

The Plan My Walk app is about giving Kiwis the confidence to tackle mountains safely, said Richie.

"Sometimes the health and safety side of getting outdoors can stop some people, but the app encourages and makes it a really easy thing to be able to do," he said.

The sporting power-couple have been promoting domestic travel to New Zealanders as more of us are expected to head out into the bush this summer.

"We are privileged to have what we have here in New Zealand," he said, but the wilder parts can be "unforgiving".

Gemma said she's aware people will see the couple's photos from Puketeraki Range on social media without seeing the planning and steps taken to get there.

"A lot of them say they want to go and do that," she said, and the Plan My Walk app collects all the elements you need to know before you head to the summit.

"Summer is a great opportunity to get out and about, and try it out, and do something new and exciting," she said.

MSC chief executive Mike Daisley told the Herald that they have already seen 50,000 hikers pick up the app.

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