Items Planned to carry before attempting trail
Relfections/notes after finishing Trail
|Wool socks||Smartwool ultralight|
I Rotated two pairs of socks for hiking in due to socks becoming wet. Had 1 dedicated pair for sleeping in. Clean socks on trail are few and far between
|Jandles||Foam jandle cutouts||Link|
Swapped out these for a pair of Tevas in Hamilton. Walked about 300km in them. Worked great for camping shoes
|Underwear||Torp 7 Merino|
Had two pairs of underware, both Merino and cheap. Worked great
|Short sleeve shirt||Torp 7 Merino|
I rotated two shirts. One for hiking and one for sleeping. Ended up with a as well long sleeve heavy gram merino for the South Island when it became too cold to hike in a short sleeve
Generic Fleece top worked perfectly. I believe you don't have to invest in a insulated duck down jacket. Save your money
Bought gloves for the South Island. Didn't have any need for them in the North Island and sent my pair home in the Northland.
|Warm hat||Generic Beanie|
I would recommend just using a buff for your beanie in the North Island, then invest in one once you reach Wellington.
|Pack||Lowe Alpine Elbrus 65:75||Link|
Worked great. Was a little on the heavy side but was comfortable and had plenty of space when I needed to pack 9 - 11 days of food for the south island.
|Rain Jacket||Seaspray Heavy Rain Jacket|
I HIGHLY reccomend having a jacket that is thick. For the majority of the North Island I had a thick jacket which kept me warm while I was dretched. Thought it was too much weight and sent it home opting for a lightweight windbreaker. Ending up freezing my ass at certain points in the South Island
|Rain Pants||Outdoor research|
Didn't need them for the North Island, sent them home after 90 mile beach. Would recommend a cheap pair for Southern portion of the North Island onwards.
|Flashlight||Black Diamond Headlamp|
Loved it, worked well. A little dim in comparison to others I examined on trail. Wouldn't use it for night hiking
2 1L bottles (gatorade/kiwiblue)
Started out with a osprey bladder, swapped it out for two 1/1.5 Litre bottles and kept them in the side of my pack. Much Much easier IMO
|Glasses||Generic polarized sunglasses|
Majority of the time I didn't ware them. But you definitly want a pair starting at Cape Reinga with reflection from the sea and the sand.
|Boots/shoes||Merrel Moab Ventilators||Link|
Started with a size too small and ended 90 mile with 12 blisters. Swapped for Arrowsmith running shoes. Used two pairs in total. One pair went 1300km! Highly reccomend these shoes if you don't mind getting your feet wet. Definitly dont need heavy boots for the South Island. Im living proof.
|Long sleeve pants||Torpedo 7 Merino|
ICEBREAKER long merino tights. This was one of my favorite peices of gear. Kept sandflies off my legs and left my legs warm at night.
|Short sleeve shirt||Torpedo 7 Merino|
Generic $10 pair of short shorts
|Hat||Kathmandu wide brim hat||Link|
It's no fashion contest when hiking. This hat saved my face and neck from severe burning. Wish I had it earlier on trail.
|Bandana||Macpac Merino Buff|
Worked great for wind breaking and protecting the neck from sun. Don't bother spending $60 on a Official Buff, buy one from Macpac for $20 - $30 dollars. Works just as good.
|Watch||Generic watch with alarm|
Used the alarm feature to wake up as I turned my phone off at night.
|Hiking poles||Blackdiamond trail back poles|
Loved them. One of my favorite peices of gear. Extremely strong and saved my ass multiple times.
|Gaiters||Ferrino high gaiters|
Never used them. Could see a need for them in the Richmond Ranges. Sent them home. Personal preference but I wouldn't bother.
Zempire Freedom Atom Ultralight
Favorite Piece of gear. I absolutely loved this tent and got alot of compliments.
|Sleeping bag||Kathmandu Columbus V5|
Loved it. Was definitly warm/hot in the North Island yet manditory for the South Island during Feb/March/April.
|Sleeping mat||Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Mattress|
Only person to have a foam matress in my group. Definitly harder to sleep on than a blowup but I loved it for its multi-purpose use as a seat aswell!
|Pillow||Exped Ultralight Air Pillow|
Loved it. Would consider just sleeping with a drysack of clothing next time to save weight but you need some luxuries IMO
|Pot + drink container||Kathmandu 2 Peice Pot|
Worked great! Didn't use a bowl and just ate out of the pot
|Spork x 2||Sea to Summit Polycarbonate|
Threw them away for a titanium spork. Small investment and knew it would not break when I was in the bush
|Knife||Sea to Summit Polycarbonate|
Disposed of it after 90 mile. Didn't need
|Stove||Vargo Triad alcohol stove|
Swapped out for a gas canister and burner.
|Fuel container||Vargo fuel container||See above|
|Dish coap||Bottom Half of 3L milk bottle|
Disposed of it after 90 mile
|Water purifier||LifeStraw portable water bottle|
Swapped it out for a Sawyer Mini which worked great but did take awhile purify water.
|Wind screen||Vargo wind screen||Disposed of.|
At most points I was too tired to read, but it was definitly nice to read on trail so would reccomend something like this.
|Cellphone||Samsung 4 (Lifeproof case)||Worked great.|
Generic wall charger + usb cable
Battery charger/solar charger
|Pebble power bank||Link|
Cheap power bank. Would definitly consider a bigger one for the South Island but would only use in serious emergencies.
|Journal||1B5 exercise book|
Ended up using my phone to journal.
|Steel & Magnesium Striker||Generic|
I threw all of this out and just had 2 lighters on me. Never had a hard time starting a fire.
|15 x Waterproof Matches||Generic|
|Compressed Tinder Sticks||Generic|
|9g Petroleum Jelly||Generic|
|Toothbrush + Toothpaste||Generic + Macleans|
|Micro towel||Sea to Summit Drylite|
Definitly something that you need if you swam the beaches up north as often as me!
|Suntan Lotion||Cancer Society 50 SPF|
I can not stress using sunscreen enough. Especially during the summer months. New Zealand Sun is Harsh and having grown up in it sunscreen is a no brainer for Kiwis.
|Bug Repellent||Aerogard||Threw it out|
|Washing Gloves (Pair)||Countdown Select|
Used it in rivers to remove grim etc
|Soap + Container||Countdown Select|
Kept the soap. No point having the container.