Te Araroa Gear List

Here is my final* gear list of what I’m taking to New Zealand to hike the South Island section of the Te Araroa. My base weight (total of that in the table below, minus what I’ll be wearing, and not including consumables (food/water/gas)) is about 11.5kg. This is higher than I’d like it, but it’s what I’ve got. They say you carry your fears, and as you can probably tell from the table below, I’m scared of getting wet and cold. Given the characteristics of the trail I’ll be walking, I don’t think these fears are unfounded. But we’ll see.

Things like my daily contact lenses could be classed as consumables as the weight I’ll be carrying will decrease over time, but it’s 1-200g so I’m including them. Same goes for the paper maps.

It’s very similar to the gear I took for the Coast to Coast so my thoughts/rationale behind most of the items are in the C2C gear list. Some main changes:

  • Proper sandals (Teva) for my alternative pair of shoes, rather than the floppy canvas shoes I took for C2C
  • Leggings instead of a second pair of trousers
  • A long sleeve shirt replacing the third t-shirt
  • Warmer gloves
  • Different socks – DarnTough
  • Bigger first aid kit and repair kit to reflect the greater remoteness of this walk

*I may well make last minute changes.

Area Kit Item/brand Weight (g)
Packing Backpack Osprey Aura 65 1930
Packing 4 dry bags Karrimor/Alpkit 276
Packing Plastic bag covers sandwich bags 30
Packing Pocket Handbag 53
Packing Sleeping bag bag 10
Sleeping Tent Tarptent Scarp 1 1479
Sleeping Sleeping mat Thermorest NeoAir X-lite 347
Sleeping Sleeping bag Alpkit Pipedream 400 840
Sleeping Sleeping liner Trekmates 118
Kitchen Stove Alpkit Koro 133
Kitchen Pan Alpkit Mytipot 900 122
Kitchen Cutlery Sea to summit spork 10
Kitchen Water filter Sawyer mini filter 93
Kitchen Water bottles Platypus/Gnoc/coke 102
Kitchen Ignition Alpkit spark & lighter 43
Kitchen Small sponge 5
Clothing Walking boots Invov8 roclite 325 650
Clothing Sandals Teva Fi Lite 617
Clothing Walking trousers Berghaus 356
Clothing Leggings SuperNatural 213
Clothing Walking shorts Columbia 176
Clothing 3 x walking socks DarnTough/Hilly 207
Clothing long sleeve base Trekmates 198
Clothing 2 x T shirts SuperNatural 200
Clothing Mid layer jumper Lowe Alpine 274
Clothing down jacket Rab Microlight Alpine 393
Clothing Waterproof coat Mountain Equipment Manaslu 475
Clothing Waterproof trousers Berghaus 235
Clothing Gloves Sealskinz 54
Clothing Buff Buff 38
Clothing 3 x pants Patagonia 105
Clothing 2 x sports bras H&M 144
Clothing Hat Mountain warehouse 78
Bathroom Toothbrush 20
Bathroom Toothpaste 37
Bathroom Moisturiser 62
Bathroom Bug spray 125
Bathroom Suncream 50
Bathroom Contact lenses 4 weeks 160
Bathroom Glasses + case 112
Compact (brush and mirror)
Bathroom Ladies hygeine 4 weeks 108
Bathroom Towel Lifeventure 178
Bathroom Toilet roll 20
Bathroom Clothes wash & line 87
Bathroom Trowel Coghlans Backpacker Trowel 51
Electronics Headtorch Lenser SEO 5 105
Electronics Chargers 95
Electronics Battery pack Anker 13000mAh 254
Electronics Phone Huwaei P10 + case 189
Electronics Watch Casio 20
Electronics GPS/satellite phone Garmin inReach Explorer 213
Electronics GoPro & spare battery Hero 4 200
Electronics Headphones 15
Electronics Kindle 212
Misc Pen knife Leatherman Ps4 57
Misc Tissues 26
Msc First aid kit 141
Misc 2 walking poles Black Diamond 482
Misc Maps 100
Misc Compass 38
Misc Pen 7
Misc Batteries 35
Misc Needle/thread/glue 11
Misc Duct tape 54
Misc Mattress patch 5
Misc Bug head net 13



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