What to pack
(Lists on what to bring are available for download on this page)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – For comfort and safety all clients MUST carry the equipment below. Guides may refuse inadequately equipped clients.
- Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
- Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
- Treking pants/trousers
- Tops/ shirts – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
- Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and they can double up as sleep wear/pajamas
- Socks – 2-3 pairs
Good pair of walking socks and a warm pair to wear in the evening round camp
- Warm hat, beanie or balaclava
Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
- Warm gloves or mittens
- Mid layer pullovers: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
- Pack – with a waterproof liner such as the yellow “NZ Mountain Safety Council” pack liner
- Pack should be light, strong, comfortable, 60-90 litres for overnight trips where you are carrying your own gear and able to carry up to one quarter of your weight.
- Sleeping bag – good quality down or synthetic fibre
- Sleeping Mat – closed cell foam, or a self-inflating airbed
- Torch – small with spare bulb & batteries
- Drink Bottle
We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
- Toiletries/wash kit, toilet roll and any personal medication if required
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhat
Optional suggestions to pack
- Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
- Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
Comfortable lightweight shoes to wear round camp in the evenings
- Earplugs for light sleepers
- Watch/ alarm clock
- Travel wipes/ tissues
The rivers/lakes are great to cool off in although spare underwear is often substituted
- Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
Although we do carry a first aid kit too
- Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
*Aspects to consider when buying clothing: weight, wicking/breathing ability, drying time, warmth and fit. Layering two light layers of clothing are warmer and more versatile than one heavy one.
Rent or hire gear
We can also supply a range of gear from walking poles and backpacks to waterproofs and boots; just ask us for more info when making an enquiry.