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New Zealand’s weather is changeable and extremely cold weather can be experienced at any time of year, especially in the mountains. Huts/camps vary in altitude from sea level to over 1000 metres. It is necessary to have warm clothing. Jeans are not suitable for hiking.

Essential Items

  • Hiking boots – broken in and comfortable. Waterproof
  • Backpack with minimum of 60 litre capacity
  • 3-season sleeping bag
  • Waterproof raincoat (gore-tex or similar)
  • Warm fleece/wool sweatshirt/jersey
  • Shorts for hiking
  • Polypro/thermals – top and long johns
  • Good hiking socks
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (two? – 1 litre each)
  • Spare shoes or sandals
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Insect repellent (sandflies like foreign blood!)
  • Spare set of clothes
  • Gloves/mittens

Optional items (but highly recommended): Gaiters, binoculars, earplugs, walking poles, camera, day pack.

Supplied: Therm-a-rest sleeping mats, tents, backpack liner (plastic bag), cooking equipment, plates/cutlery, first aid kit, safety equipment and maps.

Luggage: There is an allowance of 120 litres per person (one large pack plus one day pack). You may be required to forward excess luggage if you exceed this. If you can’t easily carry all your gear without falling over, then you have too much! Any gear you do not need while hiking can be locked in the custom-built trailer.

Equipment Rentals: You may rent high-quality hiking equipment for use on your trip. Please let us know if you will be renting anything so we can hook you up with Hiking New Zealand to make the arrangements.  Requests for rental equipment must be made at least 20 days before the departure date.

 Hire gear

11 day trip (NZ$)

  Backpack (60 litres)


  Sleeping bag


  Fleece jacket


  Thermal top and bottoms




  Full set (all of above)




  Walking pole

$20 each

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