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.
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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|
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.
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