Is a trip to New Zealand on your bucket list for 2018? Here at Tamaki we may be a little bias, but we definitely reckon it should be! To make it easier, we’ve put together a guide on what to pack for a New Zealand holiday to have a look at when you’re ready to launch into planning. Apart from the essentials, there are some NZ-specific things you shouldn’t forget to bring with you.
Keep in mind that while Aotearoa New Zealand is beautiful, she’s pretty moody when it comes to weather! Experiencing four seasons in one day is not uncommon. Don’t forget this when you’re deciding on what to pack for your New Zealand holiday.
1. Bring layers of clothes
New Zealand weather is changeable. It can be raining in the morning, warm in the middle of the day and chilly in the late afternoon – all in a space of a few hours. It is best to pack in layers, with thermal clothing (merino fabric is great for New Zealand’s temperamental climate), mid layers like a hoodie or sweater and a waterproof jacket. You’ll also be glad to pack quick-dry type of clothing, so it’s easy to wash and dry on the road.
2. Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
It is very bright in New Zealand on sunny days and the sun’s rays are very strong – and harmful owing to a big hole in our atmosphere. So, when considering what to pack for your New Zealand holiday, make sure a good quality sunscreen (SPF 30+), sunglasses and a hat are high on your list. If you’re bringing children, make sure they have rash shirts (waterproof shirts with long sleeves) to protect them from UV rays when they’re playing at our beaches.
3. Insect repellent
Being outdoors in New Zealand is blissful – till you get ambushed by the mozzies and sand flies! They can get quite relentless. Buy a good insect repellent to keep the bugs at bay. This is especially important if you’re planning on exploring Milford Sound & Fiordland.
4. Hiking boots or good trainers
If you are making the effort to come all the way to New Zealand, we’re guessing you are going to want to experience the Great Outdoors a little. Hiking is the best way to do this and there is no lack of hiking tracks in New Zealand. Comfortable hiking shoes are going to end up being your feet’s best friend by the end of your trip!
5. Day pack
For the multitude of day walks you’ll be doing, carry a day pack in which to keep essentials. Some New Zealand hikes take you deep in the wilderness and what you carry is generally the only resource you have – think food, a drink bottle, layers of clothing, perhaps some swimming togs, a map, sunscreen and bug spray. If you’re planning a multi-day hike, carry a bigger backpack.
6. Togs, a.k.a swimwear
This country gives you plenty of reasons to throw on your togs – in every season, from the beach to naturally-heated thermal pools in the lap of nature, spa pools and hot tubs. Don’t forget them!
7. A camera
Every time you turn a corner there will be something you want to capture. Don’t forget your best camera when considering what to pack for your New Zealand holiday. While bulky, the wide angle lenses, charger and memory cards are worth it – we promise!
8. Your identification card
New Zealanders are very strict with identification. Unless you have a valid English ID card, you can be declined an activity that is age dictated, from an adventure park to wine tasting. You’d hate to miss out on stuff because of lack of ID.
9. Flip flops or jandals
Every Kiwi has a pair of jandals. So if you want to fit in, make sure you bring a pair with you. We love them so much; we even wear them on warmer winter days!