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
- 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.
- Shampoo and body wash (just a bit – the Haka Lodges provide these, but some of the other accommodation providers do not).
- 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
- 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!)