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This seems to be a growing problem with social media misrepresenting the difficulty of some bushwalks going by the number of news stories we are reporting on it.

Across the ditch, NZ officials say online content is misleading tourists into attempting bushwals they are ill-equipped for, leading to several rescues being mounted across the South Island.

Wānaka Search and Rescue chairman Bill Day said nearby Mount Brewster is a popular example where the terrain turns from a "nice bushwalk" to requiring "advanced route-finding skills" very quickly.

"We're rescuing a lot of people, we've had someone die there and we've had people that if we weren't there, they wouldn't be home for Christmas" he told 1News.

The problem is social media only showing the good bits, he said.

"People want to show they've had a good day… and so they don't show the hard bits. People who have had a bad day there don't show it at all."

When you go online, you tend to see a "picturesque walk that ends up in a fabulous swim in a glacial lake," said Day.

"It's not all that way."

In the last year, volunteers mounted 10 rescues from the area.

So, the moral of the story is do your research and don't rely on Instagram and other social media to give you the full picture of a walk.

No doubt you lot reading this story already know that but we have to make sure the next generation of bushwalkers know how to properly research a bushwalk before they set foot on the trial.

Read the full story here.


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