Te Araroa Gear List

On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.

After hiking the Appalachian Trail last year I feel that I am in a good position for the Te Araroa trail. I decided to use much of the same gear for this hike. There are a few slight changes but overall it’s pretty similar to the AT.

In total my base weight came out to be 10kg (22 pounds) and increased to 15.6kg (34.3 pounds) with food and water. So I’m just under my AT starting weight of 15.9kg (35 pounds). I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t cut more weight but I’ve always preferred hiking with the gear that makes me comfortable rather than worrying about shedding weight.


Osprey Atmos 65L

Osprey Rain Cover


REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent and Footprint

Sleep System

REI Igneous 25°F Sleeping Bag

Therm-A-Rest Ultralite Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Bag Liner

Cooking System

Jetboil Flash

Long-Handled Spork

Lighter (just in case)

Dry Sack (for food storage)

Small Knife

Fuel Canister


1 Pair Convertible Hiking Pants

1 Pair of Shorts

2 Tech Tees from Target

1 Long-Sleeve Shirt from Target

3 Pairs of Sock Liners

3 Pairs of Socks

2 Pairs of Underwear

Puffy Down Jacket


Winter Hat


Rain Pants and Jacket

Fingerless Gloves (for sun protection and river section)

Ball Cap




BeFree 1L Filtration System

HydraPak 1L Collapsible Reservoir

Aquamira Drops


Anker Battery Pack

Charging Cords



Gold Bond Stick (blister protection)

Nail Clippers





Hand Lotion

Duct Tape

Wet Wipes


Eye Mask


Toilet Paper

Hand Sanitizer

Bug Spray


Te Araroa Trail App (free!)

For a quick look at what life on the trail is typically like, here’s my video from the AT showing off some of my gear in use:

Stay tuned for more! I’ll be blogging regularly here at The Trek as well as my personal blog.

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