Introduction

Essential gear list.

Make sure you are well equipped to walk the Pouakai Circuit.

Essential gear:

  • Waterproof raincoat and over-trousers
  • Warm woollen or fibre pile clothing
  • Spare dry socks
  • Strong tramping boots
  • Food and drink (enough for the duration plus extra for emergencies)
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Sunhat and a warm hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Portable fuel stove
  • Hut tickets or annual hut pass
  • Map and compass (and know how to use them!)
  • Visit the Kiwi way – never miss an opportunity to use a loo and be prepared with a back-up toilet option

Consider carrying:

  • putties (gaiters)
  • cellphone and/or mountain radio
  • tent and bed roll in the summer months

During winter and snow conditions you will need an ice axe and crampons, snow gaiters and goggles. You might want to consider carrying an avalanche transceiver, probe and snow shovel.

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