Recommended Gear

Although our trips run through the warmer summer months, we'll be going to diverse environments where climate can be extremely changeable. You should bring lighter summer clothes including T-shirts, vests and shorts etc, as it can get pretty hot down here, but be sure to pack the required gear list below as you may well see some rain too.

Heavy cotton clothing and jeans are not suitable for our activities, we want you to keep warm and have a good time, even when the weather is miserable! Things are pretty laid back over here in NZ so don't worry about bringing you tux, or cocktail dresses for going out, it's a very casual affair.

 

Required Clothing Comments
Day pack You will need a pack around 25 litres in size for day hikes
Hiking boots Comfortable and worn in
Waterproof jacket Lightweight, waterproof and breathable
Waterproof trousers Lightweight, waterproof and breathable
Fleece jacket Insulation
Sweaters Wool or fleece
Warm socks Wool or Polypropylene
 Thermal underwear  One or two pairs
 Warm hat  Beanie, ski hat or similar
 Sun hat  Baseball cap or similar providing protection/shading
 Towel/travel towel  Swimming/ drying off
Shorts Hiking, mountain biking
Swimsuit/Shorts  
Running shoes/sneakers Suitable for mountain biking

 

Proven clothing and equipment manufacturers and suppliers include Kathmandu, Macpac, The North Face, and Lowe Alpine. Although you can shop around for other not so well known brands for a more reasonable price, check the quality first.

 

Recommended Items Comments
Hydration Pack/ Water Bottles (Dakine, Camelback, Platypus, Caribee or similar) for day hikes and mountain biking
Insect repellent For sand flies and mosquitos
Sun Screen Factor 30 or above is recommended
Camera  
Maglite/Flashlight  
Warm gloves  

 

 Depending on your travel itinerary you may want to buy clothing and equipment in your home country, or here in New Zealand. Please be aware that if you are planning to buy clothing and equipment in New Zealand you will need to allow time to do so before the trip departs from Christchurch. Here are few sites that stock quality outdoor clothing, ideal for trips such as ours.

http://www.kathmandu.co.nz
http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
http://www.macpac.co.nz
http://www.rei.com

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