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What to Bring

Please ensure you are well prepared. As for any walk in New Zealand, it is recommend that you bring sturdy, broken-in footwear, a warm jersey, a parka and a water bottle.

If you are staying overnight on the track it is essential to prebook your accommodation on the track or take a tent.

Always make sure you tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.

The ESSENTIAL and OPTIONAL Items lists suggest items that you bring while walking or biking the Queen Charlotte Track.

Helpful Tips

It is not recommend to walk in cotton garments, jeans or silk thermals: perspiration means you are likely to feel damp and cold even inside the best raincoat.


Pack all your clothing in plastic bags inside your pack liner for added rain protection.


Keep your pack as light as possible while still taking the essentials – a lighter pack for walking during the day will enhance your experience. Remember that a pack transfer service is offered to ensure a completely enjoyable walk.


Remember there are restaurants along the way to buy meals and you may find some of the accommodation operators sell extra provisions as you go along but if you require specific provisions, you are advised to carry all provisions with you.


  • Food and water for track
  • Waterproof raincoat
  • Sturdy footwear for tramping
  • Shorts for walking / biking
  • T shirts for fine weather
  • Fleece jacket or micro fleece top
  • Warm, protective clothing
  • Thermal underwear (cooler month)
  • Warm hat – fleece or woollen (cooler months)
  • Gloves (cooler month)
  • Woollen or thermal socks
  • Sunscreen / Sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Torch & Batteries (winter months)
  • Puncture repair kit (if biking)


  • Swimsuit
  • Spare boots / shoe laces
  • “Second Skin” / plasters for blisters
  • Notepaper
  • Pen
  • Wallet
  • Travel documents
  • Swiss army knife
  • Cooking equipment & utensils (if using campsites)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags