What to Bring

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

New Zealand tours - what to bring

Gear for your New Zealand Tour  

You won't need 10 pairs of t-shirts/shorts, or 5 pairs of shoes... just bring enough that you will be warm, comfortable and is practical. If you bring more you'll find that it stays in the bottom of your bag and was a waste of space anyway.

The following list is a basic guide to what you should pack, and if you find that you need something, you can always get it here in NZ! As a bare minimum, this is what you should bring:

  • A good quality backpack/rucksack and day pack
  • A decent pair of boots for walking
  • A sunhat and sunglasses
  • Woolly hat
  • Sleeping bag (bring your own or hire one from us)
  • A pillow & a towel
  • One weeks worth of underwear
  • Thermal underwear either polypropylene or merino/silk (including vest/top and long-johns)
  • 2 pairs of socks (ideally one pair of thick warm boot socks)
  • One swimming costume/bikini
  • One long sleeved shirt & long trousers (to protect you from mozzies - cargo pants are great as they are light and don't take up too much room)
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 polar fleece or warm jacket
  • 1 waterproof jacket/raincoat with hood or rain poncho. Waterproof trousers
  • Personal toiletries (including sun-cream and insect repellent)
  • A sarong is always useful
  • A torch/flashlight
  • Sandals/flip-flops or jandals


Remember, you're going to be the one carrying it, but don't worry you won't have to carry it far. Just between the bus and your tent (which is generally beside each other) :)

One last thing, if you are bringing electrical appliances like an electric razor, hairdryer or a re-charger for videos, personal CD players or mobile phones, then you will need to get an adapter. These can be bought at the airport or specialist travel equipment shops.