What to Bring

Hanging on the Wild West Coast Photo taken by: Steely (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

New Zealand tours - what to bring

Packing List/Guideline (for a 27 Day Tour)

December, January & February Tours (NZ Summer) 

Welcome to New Zealand Summer! The climate is dominated by two main geographical features, the mountains and the sea. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, inland alpine area's of the South Island can be a lot cooler and regardless of the season, the weather can change unexpectedly! The temperatures also decrease as you head south. You always need to be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and cooler temperatures. 

Below you will find our suggested packing list for a 27-day trip. Please note that what you bring is a very personal decision and this packing list is just to be used as a guideline. You will also have access to laundry facilities at several campsites during your tour. We even provide the laundry powder, all you need is a few coins!

Clothing

  • Underwear & socks for 7 - 10 days (bearing in mind you will mainly be wearing sandals/flip-flops)
  • 1-2 swimming costume/bikini/togs
  • 5-6 T-shirts/short sleeved tops
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 long sleeved shirts & 1 pair of long pants (for mosquito/sandfly protection & for cooler nights at camp)
  • 1 warm jacket (polar fleece or wool)
  • 1 light-weight puffer/down jacket (handy to have on any camping trip and light to pack)
  • Waterproof jacket/raincoat with hood
  • Sunhat or cap
  • And last but not least, maybe something a little fancy for the odd night out in town

Footwear

  • Comfortable trainers
  • Jandals/sandals/flip-flops (great for getting in and out of your tent quickly and pretty much the No. 1 footwear for every New Zealander!)

 

TIP: Planning on hiking the Routeburn Track or Tongariro Crossing? You may also want to bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes or boots, though the tracks can be walked in good running shoes/all terrain shoes. A full set of thermal or woolen underwear either polypropylene or merino (top & bottoms) is also recommended, as well as a woolen hat & gloves (not the bulky ski type though, just something windproof which also provides a little warmth).

Other Necessary or Useful Items

  • A small day pack that can be used for excursions and kept with you on your seat during travel time
  • Sleeping bag (bring your own or hire one from us). if you are bringing your own, aim for a comfort range of 5°c. There may be a few nights on your tour that get to 0-5°c, but the rest will be around 5-10°c.
  • Head torch/Head lamp
  • Sun protection - hat and sun glasses and some good sunscreen at least 30+ SPF
  • Small Travel Pillow (as we provide a mattress for your tent only)
  • 1-2 towels (for showering and swimming)
  • Personal toiletries (shower gel etc)
  • Insect repellent
  • Drink Bottle
  • Adapter for electrical appliances
  • Portable charger/power pack

October, November & March, April Tours (NZ Spring/Autumn)

In addition to the above items if you are travelling during Spring or Autumn then we recommend bringing the following items.

  • A full set of thermal or woolen underwear (either polypropylene or merino, top & bottoms)
  • Gloves (not the bulky ski type though, just something windproof which also provides a little warmth)
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • An extra long sleeved shirt and pair of pants

Anything that you forget can however easily be purchased in New Zealand - it may just be a few days before you get the opportunity to do so!

Packing List / Guideline (for a 9 Day Tour)

Winter Tour (July to August)

Below you will find our suggested packing list for a 9-day trip during our winter months. Please note that what you bring is a very personal decision and this packing list is just to be used as a guideline. You will also have access to laundry facilities at some of the lodges and we even provide the laundry power - all you need is a few coins!

Clothing

  • Underwear & warm socks for 9 days (remember to also pack some skiing socks)
  • 1 swimming costume/bikini/togs (for the hot pools or a brave winter swim in the lake)
  • 2 long sleeve shirts (cotton or base layer merino/polypropylene)
  • 3-4 warm jerseys/jumpers (polar fleece, merino wool or similar)
  • 3 long pants (preferably not only jeans, but also something that provides a bit of warmth and dries quickly)
  • 3-4 T-shirts / short sleeved tops
  • 1 pair of shorts (you will be surprised how warm it can get when the sun is out, even in winter!)
  • 1 very warm puffer/down jacket (or similar)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat with hood
  • 2 full sets of thermal or woolen underwear (either polypropylene or merino, top & bottoms)
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Ski clothing & Ski Goggles if you intend to ski/snowboard
  • And last but not least, maybe something a little fancy for the odd night out in town

 

Note: Ski jackets, pants and helmets can be hired for the Queenstown ski fields, but not for the smaller Ohau Ski Field. We also recommend you bring your own gloves, beanie/hat & googles, as these cannot always be hired.  

Footwear

  • Comfortable trainers/runners shoes
  • Snow boots or other sturdy, waterproof shoes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes/boots (whatever you would normally wear into town on a cold winter's day)
  • Slippers or jandals/flip flops for around the lodge/hostel or just an extra thick pair of socks

Other Necessary or Useful Items

  • A small day pack that can be used for walks or days on the ski field and kept with you on your seat during travel time
  • Head torch / Head lamp (comes in handy if you like to read late in bed, but don't want to keep your roommates up!)
  • Sun protection (especially if you plan on hitting the slopes)
  • 1-2 towels (for showering and hot pools/swimming)
  • Personal toiletries (shower gels etc)
  • Drink Bottle
  • Adapter for electrical appliciances
  • Portable charger / power pack