Equipment List

Sidetracks recommends this tried and tested list of equipment.

Please let us know if you would like to receive an adjusted list for our comfort tours or cycle tours - contact us.



  • Travel bag, duffel-bag or large backpack (50-80l)
  • small day pack (30-40l)
  • sleeping-bag (4 seasons)
  • sleeping mat, well insulated (self inflatable is best)


  • good rainwear (jacket and trousers are better than a poncho)
  • parka or warm jacket
  • warm jersey (fleece is ideal)
  • hat and gloves
  • 2 pairs of trousers (comfortable, hard wearing and quick-drying)
  • shorts
  • light jersey
  • shirts, t-shirts
  • sport underwear (e.g. polypropylene, if available - can be bought cheaply in NZ)
  • underwear
  • socks, 2 pairs hiking socks
  • swimsuit
  • sunhat


  • comfortable walking shoes
  • comfortable, water resistant, sturdy, ankle high hiking boots (very important!!)
  • swimshoes

Useful and important

  • toilet gear (personal)
  • personal medication
  • personal first aid kit
  • towel
  • torch
  • spare batteries and bulbs
  • alarm clock
  • drink bottle
  • telescopic hiking poles (optional)
  • sunglasses
  • spare glasses if necessary
  • pocket knife
  • sewing kit
  • guide books

Papers, money…

  • airline tickets
  • travellers' cheques, cash, credit cards
  • eurocard (with PIN number)
  • passport
  • international vaccination card (if available)
  • camera gear
  • binoculars (optional)

Buy in New Zealand

  • sunscreen and insect repellent (more effective and cheaper)


Above all, your clothing and gear needs to be weatherproof, hard wearing and easy to dry. You will have plenty of opportunity to use the washing-machines and clothes-dryers provided on tour.

Note: Most airlines restrict luggage (in Economy class) to 1 main piece of luggage and 1 piece of hand luggage, with a weight limit of 20-23kg for checked-in luggage and 7-8 kg for hand luggage.

Please consider the limited space in the van, and restrict yourself to one main piece of luggage with a maximum of 20kg for this trip (plus a daypack).

Warning: It is illegal to bring any agricultural products into New Zealand. Also any equipment used on a farm (e.g. shoes) has to be thoroughly cleaned and will be checked by customs on arrival. New Zealand does not have many of the infectious diseases (like foot and mouth disease) so please don’t bring them with you. You can find detailed information on biosecurity entry requirements here:


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