What To Pack

If you follow our recommended equipment list below, your pack shouldn't weigh more than 5-7kg, and you should be prepared for any weather.

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 supplied free of charge by Ultimate Hikes can be collected at the pre-track briefing. There are plenty of backpacks for use so they do not need to be reserved. You can bring your own if preferred.

It is important that you are prepared for any weather conditions whilst on the track.

What to Pack

We can supply You will need to bring
40 ltr Backpack (weighs approx. 2 kg) Walking Boots (or sturdy shoes). We suggest you check your boot condition prior to your departure.
PVC Waterproof Raincoat with hood (weighs approx. 500 gms) Thermal base layer (top and bottom).  Fundamental clothing that can be worn either as a base later or as a single layer.
Waterproof Backpacker liner Polar Fleece or Merino Wool jacket. An ideal outer layer in cold weather
Long-sleeved top. Lightweight, warm and quick drying, this is an ideal layer to be worn over the thermal base layer
T-shirt for fine weather
Shorts or walking trousers - fast drying shorts, trousers or zip-off trousers (NOT JEANS)
Sunhat, warm hat & gloves
2 pairs of Merino wool or thermal socks. Main consideration is warmth and comfort.
Sunscreen, Insect Repellant, Water Bottle & Camera

We suggest taking 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.

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.

Cotton is not recommended for physical activity as when it gets wet, the fabric retains the moisture next to your skin and can make you feel cold.

In the Lodge

We can supply You need to bring

Cotton Sleep Sheet for multishare only
(weighs approx. 500gms)

Shirt or long sleeved top


Lightweight trousers
Lightweight shoes

Personal toiletries (we provide soap, shampoo and conditioner)

Change of underwear

A change of clothes is recommended for the lodges and for sleeping but remember that the more that is taken, the heavier the pack is to carry. The nights may be cold so a warm change of clothing is recommended.

Optional Items

Walking Poles                             
We strongly advise all walkers use walking poles, especially if you have difficulty walking up or down gradients.
Foot Fleece Advised to prevent blisters
Gaiters For extra foot protection in wet weather
Swim suit For the brave!
Spare Laces Just in case

Most of these items are available for purchase or hire from the Ultimate Hikes Centre.  Other items you may find useful are:Lip balm, ear plugs, small torch

Alcohol and soft drinks are available for purchase at the lodges, so you may want to bring your credit card (visa/mastercard) and some 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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