The following gear is essential for all walkers on the Great Walks Tracks.
Most equipment is available for hire or purchase in Te Anau and Queenstown. Having the correct food, clothing and equipment is vital. Check for current conditions and weather warnings before departure. Be prepared for at least one wet day on your trip.
Food is not available for purchase on the track. Food should be lightweight, fast cooking and high in energy value. For example:
- breakfast: cereal, firm bread, honey or other spreads
- lunch: cracker biscuits, cheese, salami, margarine, jam/jelly, fruit
- dinner: instant soup, pasta or rice, dried vegetables or fruit, cheese or dehydrated (freeze dry) meals.
You will also need water, snacks, biscuits, muesli bars, tea or coffee, powdered fruit drink and emergency food in case of any delays on the track.
Clothing and equipment
You will need at least one set of clothes to walk in and another dry set to change into at night. It is not possible to dry clothes in the huts. Cotton clothing such as jeans, tshirts and sweatshirts are not suitable.
- Boots (should be comfortable and well broken in)
- Socks (wool or polypropylene)
- Shorts (quick dry material)
- Shirt (wool or polypropylene)
- Under layers, top and bottom (wool or polypropylene)
- Mid-layers (wool or polar fleece)
- Raincoat (waterproof, windproof with hood)
- Over trousers (wind and water proof)
- Warm hat and gloves, sunhat and sunglasses
- Extra socks, underwear, shirt or lightweight jersey
- Personal equipment
- Pack with large waterproof/plastic liner
- Sleeping bag (good quality down or hollofil)
- Matches or lighter in waterproof container
- Torch/flashlight and spare batteries
- Eating and cooking utensils/equipment (knife, fork, spoon, plate, cup, pot, pan or billy and cleaning kit)
- Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, small towel). Do not wash or use soap in lakes or streams.
- First aid kit (insect repellent, sunscreen, blister kits, pain relief, assorted bandages)
- Survival kit (survival blanket, whistle, paper, pencil, high energy snack food)
- Drink bottle, 1 - 2 litre capacity (you need to drink regularly during the day)
- Optional extras: camera, lightweight shoes for in hut, ear plugs for communal bunkrooms (you will be sharing huts with up to 50 trampers)
- Campers also require a tent, ground sheet and gas cooker (camping not permitted on the Milford Track)
If walking outside of the Great Walks season (May to October) we recommend you also take a mountain radio and/or personal locator beacon. Also see:
- Milford Track – outside the Great Walks season
- Routeburn Track – outside the Great Walks season
- Kepler Track – outside the Great Walks season