What To Bring

Follow our list and you'll be ready for anything.

The following is a list of essential equipment that we recommend you bring on your walk. Many items can be purchased at reasonable prices from the Ultimate Hikes Centre in Queenstown to reduce the need for you to carry them throughout your holiday.

Items that can be supplied free of charge by Ultimate Hikes can be collected at the pre-track briefing. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

There are plenty of backpacks for use so they do not need to be reserved. It is important that you are prepared for any weather conditions whilst on the track.

Fabrics - we suggest you wear fabrics that are lightweight but warm and quick drying such as merino wool, polypropylene, thermal, micro fleece and polar fleece.

 

Walking Equipment

We can supply You will need to supply
40 ltr Backpack (weighs approx. 2 kg) Walking Boot or Sturdy Shoes (we do not sell walking boots/shoes)
PVC Waterproof Raincoat with Hood (weighs approx. 500gms)           
Thermal base layer (top and bottom)
Waterproof Backpack Liner Polar Fleece or Merino Wool Jacket
Micro Fleece or Merino Wool long-sleeved top
T-shirt
Sunhat, Warm Hat & Gloves
Short/ Walking Trousers - fast drying NOT JEANS
2 pairs of Merino Wool or Thermal Socks
Sunscreen, Insect Repellant, Water Bottle & Camera
Water bottle (1 litre filled)
Camera
We advise you only take one set of clothing to walk in. The more that is taken, the more that must be carried. All lodges have hand washing and drying facilities so clothing can be washed and dried overnight.

Evening Equipment

We can supply You will need to supply
Cotton Sleep Sheet for multi share only
(weighs approx. 500gms)
shirt or long sleeved top
sweater/jersey

Trousers or track pants
Lightweight shoes
Nightwear
Personal toiletries (we provide soap,
shampoo and conditioner)

A change of clothes is required for the lodges and for sleeping but remember that the more that is taken, the heavier the pack is to carry.

Most of these items are available for purchase or hire from the Ultimate Hikes Centre.

Optional Items

Walking Poles                             
We strongly advise all walkers use 2 walking poles, especially if you have difficulty walking up or down gradients.
Foot Fleece Advised to prevent blisters
Gaiters For extra foot protection during wet weather
Swim suit For the brave!
Spare Laces Just in case
Waterproof over trouser
Lip balm
Ear plugs
Small torch
Credit card & Cash


We do not recommend you walk in cotton garments, jeans or silk thermals: perspiration means you are likely to feel damp and cold even inside the best raincoat.

We suggest you put all your clothing in plastic bags inside your pack liner for added rain protection. Keep your pack as light as possible while still taking the essentials. Remember hand laundry/drying facilities are available in the lodges and a lighter pack will enhance your experience!

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