We know writing a list of what to pack is a pretty tedious task, so we’ve done it for you.

Simply print this off and cross the items off the list as you go!

1. Clothing & Footwear
Students on the bus- Haka Educational Tours

  • 3 or 4 t-shirts.
  • 2 warm jerseys (AKA sweaters, jumpers).
  • 1 light cardigan or hoodie.
  • 1 waterproof jacket.
  • 1 or 2 pairs of shorts.
  • 1 or 2 pairs of pants (AKA trousers, jeans).
  • 3 or 4 pairs of underwear.
  • 3 or 4 pairs of socks.
  • Comfortable sneakers/walking shoes (don’t bring clunky hiking boots. These won’t be necessary and take up a heap of luggage space).
  • Day to day shoes.
  • Jandals (AKA thongs, or flip-flops). These take very little room and are great for easy use at the lodges.
  • Togs (AKA swimsuits, trunks, bikinis etc).
  • Sunnies (AKA sunglasses).
  • Cap or sunhat.
  • Beanie & scarf in winter months.
  • A nice outfit (shirt/dress etc – optional, but recommended as there’s many an opportunity for a nice dinner out!)

The New Zealand climate is a little unpredictable in that we often experience 4 seasons in one day.

This means layers are key. Bring clothing that can easily be added to or taken off.

Almost all the accommodation providers on the tour have a means of washing clothes, so it’s unlikely you’ll need more than a few days worth of clothing.

2. Toiletries

  • Toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Shampoo and body wash (just a bit – the Haka Lodges provide these, but some of the other accommodation providers do not).
  • Deodorant.
  • Sunscreen (because NZ is under a hole in the ozone, the kiwi sun can be harsh).
  • Towel (for swimming and bathing).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Multi-vitamins (optional, but recommended for staying in tip-top shape on tour).

All of these can be purchased here in NZ, but if you have your favorites from home, or can find them on the cheap elsewhere – bring them with you!

3. Electronics & Entertainment

  • Chargers (for any gadgets you bring!)
  • Power adapters if necessary.
  • Camera / GoPro.
  • Playing cards.
  • Book or eBook.

We’d suggest bringing an extra battery for your camera or GoPro. You will be taking lots of photos!

Similarly, if you are bringing a phone to take pics, consider packing a powerbank.

Remember though, you’ll be in New Zealand, so consider leaving the laptop behind! If you’re in dire need of internet, the Haka Lodges have free wifi so a smartphone should do the trick.

4. Other Travel Essentials

Student having fun while on tour- Haka Educational Tours

  • A travel documents holder with your: passport, travel insurance details, flight tickets, tour booking details.
  • Travel cushion (for flights and while on tour bus).
  • Earplugs (in case of snorers).
  • Lock (for securing luggage in hostels while you’re out and about).
  • Backpack / rucksack (good for taking things with you during the day and on walks etc).
  • Water bottle.
  • A pen.
  • Any medication you may need.
  • Some NZ cash (hint: gold coins for the laundromats are useful!)

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