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Preparation

What I took to NZ

What I took Hiking






Preparation

I was able to get 5 weeks of paid leave from work approved, since I had a lot of leave saved up. In Australia, I bought tickets for the flight to Christchurch, the TranzAlpine Train, and the Kiwi Experience Backpacker Bus (I ended up not using much of the Kiwi Experience pass).
I had also booked a guided walk on the Milford track. I would have done it independently, but by the time I knew when I was going, it was too late to book for an independent tramp. It was very expensive, but didn't want to wish I had done it after I got back.

  • I had an approximate Itinerary mapped out, where I would go :
  • across to Greymouth on the Tranzalpine, then back to Arthurs Pass
  • do a short hike in Arthurs Pass
  • go back to Christchurch, and head north on the Kiwi Experience Bus
  • Take the bus around the north part of the South Island and down the west coast, to Queenstown,
  • Take the Bottom Bus (Kiwi Experience) around from Queenstown to Dunedin and Invercargill
  • Get off and go to Stewart Island to do a short hike
  • Take the Bottom Bus to Te-Anau
  • Do the Milford Track guided Walk
  • Tramp a short hike near Te-Anau or Queenstown
  • Take the Kiwi Experience bus back to Christchurch via Mount Cook

As my diary shows, I quickly changed my plans to slow things down, do less travelling, not use Kiwi Experience, and to do more hikes.






What I took to NZ

  • Hiking pack (80L Macpac Glissade)
  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots (Scarpa)
  • Sandals
  • Video camera with Charger, Case, 4 tapes and 2 batteries
  • Still Camera with 4 films and a spare battery
  • Raincoat (Goretex Paddy Pallin Vista)
  • Rainpants
  • 4 garbage bags for lining pack
  • Lonely Planet New Zealand
  • Lonely Planet Tramping New Zealand
  • Kiwi Experience Book
  • Maps (NZ map, Christchurch and Arthurs Pass) (Bought Rees-Dart, Kepler maps in NZ)
  • LED Headlight (torch)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Diary & pen
  • a very thin fabric shopping bag
  • Silk liner sheet (YHA style)
  • Photocopies of documents
  • House key and mini LED torch on keyring
  • Sunscreen (bought in NZ)
  • Light wide brimmed hat
  • Spare ziplock bags
  • 3 space bags for clothes

  • Money Belt containing:

Tickets Passport Travellers Cheques
Cash (NZD and AUD) Travel Insurance Documents Contact Numbers
Credit card (visa) Debit card Drivers Licence
YHA card International Youth card Internet Banking details card
Approximate Itinerary
  • Clothing, Consisting of:

Boxer shorts for Pyjamas 5 pairs underpants 5 pairs socks
2 cotton T-shirts (cotton sucks for washing) 1 thin polyester T-shirt 1 polyester polo shirt
1 polyester quick dry collared button up shirt 1 pair shorts 1 pair zip off cotton cargo pants
1 pair polyester long pants 1 pair quick dry zip off pants 1 polarfleece jumper
1 down parka 1 pair fleece gloves 2 pairs thermals (I posted one pair home though)
1 beanie
  • Toiletries, consisting of:

Tissues Small bottle for hand lotion Bulk bottle of hand lotion (I have dry skin on my hands)
Deodorant Razor with 10 blades Soap
Shampoo Compact brush Toothbrush
Toothpaste Travel towel 5+ sets of earplugs
Medicines Asthma releiver, Pain releivers, decongestant
  • First aid kit, consting of:

Band-aids 3 dressings Triangle Bandage
Compression bandage Ankle strapping tape
  • Hiking gear consisting of:

Compass Whistle EPIRB
Camelback drinking system 2 water bladders Trangia stove with only 1 pot and 1 pan/lid
Camp cutlery Matches (waterproof) Pocket knife
Tea towel Scourer Iodine tablets with neutraliser tablets
Chlorine tablets Small plastic food bottles (Bought in NZ) Tent (1 man Macpac Microlight)
Self inflating sleeping mat (thermarest ultra-light full length) Sleeping bag (extra long 850g white goose down fill mummy style, breathable shell Mont Spindrift) Fuel for stove (bought in NZ)
  • In NZ I also bought:

Phone card (kept in money belt) Photo negatives (kept in money belt) 8 films for camera
Pack cover Toilet paper for hiking 2 Souvenir cotton T-shirts









What I took Hiking


  • Hiking pack (80L Macpac Glissade)
  • Hiking boots (Scarpa)
  • Sandals
  • Still Camera with films and a spare battery
  • Raincoat (Goretex Paddy Pallin Vista)
  • Rainpants
  • Garbage bags for lining pack
  • Appropriate Topographic Maps
  • LED Headlight (torch)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Diary & pen
  • Silk liner sheet (YHA style)
  • House key and mini LED torch on keyring
  • Sunscreen
  • Light wide brimmed hat
  • Spare ziplock bags
  • A "space" bag for clothes
  • Money Belt with tickets, documents and money
  • One clean pair of underpants and socks for each hiking day
  • Two polyester T-shirts
  • One pair lightweight long polyester pants
  • One pair lightweight zip-off polyester pants
  • Polarfleece Jumper
  • Down parka
  • Pair of fleece gloves
  • Pairs of thermal underwear
  • A beanie
  • Small bottle of hand lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Compact brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper for hiking
  • Earplugs
  • Medicines Asthma releiver, Pain releivers, decongestant
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • EPIRB
  • Camelback drinking system
  • Water bladder
  • Trangia stove with 1 pot and 1 pan/lid
  • Camp cutlery
  • Matches (waterproof)
  • Pocket knife
  • Tea towel
  • Scourer
  • Iodine tablets with neutraliser tablets
  • Chlorine tablets
  • Small plastic food bottles (Bought in NZ)
  • Sleeping bag (extra long 850g white goose down fill mummy style, breathable shell Mont Spindrift)
  • Fuel for stove - Methylated Spirits
  • Pack cover
  • Sometimes took Tent (1 man Macpac Microlight)
  • Sometimes took self inflating sleeping mat (Thermarest Ultra-Light full length)
  • Sometimes took Lonely Planet Tramping New Zealand
  • Sometimes took Video camera, Case, tapes, battery
  • Food such as:

Two minute noodles Vegetarian pasta sauce Soup (tinned soup is heavy but tastes good)
Freeze Dried hiking meals (expensive) Pasta with powdered sauce meals Rugged fresh vegies to add to other meals
Chilli powder Mixed dried herbs Hot chocolate powder
Sweets Chocolate bars Pita bread
Honey, Jam or Peanut Butter
  • First aid kit, consting of:

Band-aids 3 dressings Triangle Bandage
Compression bandage Ankle strapping tape

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