5. Take sufficient supplies
What you need to carry on the Te Araroa Trail depends on how far you are going, where you will be, and at what time of year.
The guide below explains what clothing, equipment, food and water you will need to take, along with smart tips for your journey.
TOP TIP: Make sure you have enough food, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario.
Here is a suggested gear list - it is not a definitive list and we recommend that you undertake your own personal research and engage with specialist providers to take sufficient supplies appropriate to your needs, technical capability, length of walk and physical fitness.
What should I carry?
- Decent waterproof coat (can be a life-saver!)
- Windproof shell
- Merino long sleeve/thermal top
- Waterproof trousers
- 2 x shirts
- Buff/woollen hat
- Several pairs of trail socks
- Decent boots
- Decent backpack
- Waterproof pack liner
- Light-weight tent/bivvy
- Inflatable sleeping mat
- Down sleeping bag
- Cooking stove/fuel/cooking pot/spork
- Laminated maps
- GPS with trail downloaded
- Marker pen/sharpie
- Mobile phone in a waterproof bag
- Head torch (lamp) with spare batteries
- Hi-viz vest and/or pack cover - essential for road walking and forestry sections
- Spot-tracker or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)
- Survival bag
- First aid kit with painkillers, anti-inflammatories and antihistamines
- Light-weight walking poles - personal preference
- A stool tool and toilet paper
- High SPF Suncream
- Always take a little bit more than you intend on needing
- A water purification method. For some water sources, you will need to purify it first.