Take sufficient supplies 

What you need to carry on the Te Araroa Trail depends on how far you're going, where, and when. 
In unfamiliar settings where unpredictable weather, unfamiliar terrain, and the unexpected are the rule, planning and preparation are keys to an enjoyable and safe walk/hike. 
 
See below 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? 
  • Several pairs of trail socks
  • Decent trail shoes (light-weight ones that drain well) or boots - personal preference
  • Leggings/shorts/thermals
  • 2 x shirts 
  • Merino long sleeve/thermal top
  • Decent waterproof coat (can be a life-saver!)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Primaloft jacket
  • Windproof shell
  • Gloves
  • Buff/wooly hat/sunhat 
  • Sunglasses
  • High SPF Suncream 
  • Descent backpack
  • Light-weight tent/bivy
  • Blow-up sleeping mat
  • Down sleeping bag/waterproof bag
  • Cooking stove/fuel/cooking pot/spork
  • Laminated maps
  • GPS with trail downloaded
  • compass
  • Marker pen/sharpie
  • mobile phone/waterproof bag
  • Spot-tracker
  • PLB (Personal Location Beacon)
  • Strobe light
  • SOS Survival Tin
  • First aid kit incl. Hikers Wool 
  • Emergency foil blanket
  • Light-weight walking poles - personal preference
  • A stool tool/loo roll
  • Headtorch/spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Food/snacks/water/electrolyte
  • Water purification tablets/UV steripen
  • Hi-viz vest and/or pack cover - essential for road walking and forestry sections
What kind of clothing do I need?
Hope for the best weather, pack for the worst. Clothing to protect you from cold and rain is a must, even in midsummer and especially at higher elevations. Avoid cotton clothes, particularly in chilly, rainy weather, which can strike the mountains at any time of year. Wet cotton can be worse than nothing and can contribute to hypothermia, a potentially fatal threat. Synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene and various acrylic blends as well as wool or silk will help protect you against the dangers of hypothermia. Layer your clothes—a “polypro” shirt, synthetic fleece, and a coated nylon or “breathable” waterproof outer shell will keep you both warmer and drier than a single heavy overcoat in cold, damp weather.

Remember, hiking will make you sweat, no matter the weather. Shedding thin layers enables you to regulate your body temperature more effectively than choosing between keeping a heavy jacket on or taking it off.

 
What kind of footwear do I need?
Hiking boots - The most important thing is that shoes fit well and are broken-in. Nothing spoils the fun or ends a hike quicker than blistered feet. On a day-hike, broken-in tennis shoes can be a better choice than brand-new boots. When carrying a backpack or hiking on rocky terrain, more substantial hiking shoes or boots are recommended. The heavier your pack, the more substantial a shoe you will need.