muddy boots

Important things you’ll need…

A good pair of comfortable walking boots or shoes is essential! Please take some time now to break any new footwear in…. heck you could even wear your walking boots to work. Some people find gaiters and walking sticks helpful.

Thermal underwear (even in summer) is highly recommended. Quick-dry clothing is an advantage. Thermal fibres, polar fleece or wool all do a good job. We do not recommend you walk in cotton garments, jeans or silk thermals. Perspiration means you are likely to feel damp and cold. Denim is very cold and heavy when wet.

We suggest you put all your clothing in plastic bags inside a pack liner for added water protection. Keep your pack as light as possible while still taking the essentials. There are a variety of packs, walking equipment, wet weather gear and walking poles available for hire from outdoor shops in Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill.

Recommended Equipment

The following is a list of recommended equipment (please see notes at the bottom for some tracks)


  • Waterproof raincoat with hood
  • Boots or strong walking shoes, preferably with ankle support
  • Woolen or polypropylene thermal underwear (top & bottom)
  • Warm hat (fleece or woolen),light gloves
  • Fleece jacket or micro fleece top
  • Walking shorts and underwear
  • Woolen or thermal socks – at least two pairs
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Water Bottle, Camera, glasses
  • Pack and sleeping bag


  • Shirt or Sweater
  • Trousers, skirt or track pants
  • Sandals or lightweight shoes
  • Pajamas or night wear
  • Small personal torch or headlamp
  • Handkerchiefs, not tissues
  • Personal toiletries

Optional items you may want to include:

  • swimsuit. Have a swim in the southern ocean
  • spare laces. Handy to have a piece of string.
  • journal
  • favourite trail snacks
  • cell phone ( see note below )

Cell phone coverage ( 021, 025 , 027 ) is available on some sections of some tracks. We recommend you take them with you but do not rely on them for safety. We strongly recommend un-guided parties carry a Personal Locator Beacon.

Items you should not bring

  • expensive jewelry, watches etc. Leave them in safe storage somewhere
  • cotton handkerchiefs are much better than tissues or paper towels

What is provided on a Guided Walk?

As well as a wonderful holiday experience, with skilled, friendly guides, lodge managers and drivers a Guided Walk will typically provide you with the following;

  • All food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas)
  • All linen (bedding and towels) at the lodges
  • Waterproof plastic liners for bags
  • Backpacks and rain jackets

Many of the Lodges have electrical power points ( 240 Volts ) available so you are welcome to recharge your phones / camera batteries.

For the Dusky Track you can delete linen and showers from the above list and nope you wont be anywhere near a light bulb 🙂

On some of the trips (Stewart Island, Rakiura Tracks)  we will be staying a night in public DOC hut accommodation. For these nights everyone will be provided with a sleeping bags and liners, so no need to bring a sleeping bag.