Kahurangi National Park, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Equipment Tips

Clothing should be light, quick drying and warm, so woollen or polypropylene garments are recommended.


Essential Items


  • Good quality, comfortable tramping boots
  • Two sets of warm, weatherproof clothing
  • Broad-brimmed sun hat and sunglasses
  • Warm, waterproof raincoat
  • Backpack with waterproof liner and cover
  • Light, warm sleeping bag
  • Hut or camp passes must be arranged prior to walking the track.
    Passes can be purchased at DOC offices, i-SITEs, and visitor centres, or online at: www.DOC.govt.nz (booking fee may apply)
  • Water bottle
  • Matches or lighter
  • Things for eating and cooking: Cutlery, plastic plate, cup and cooking utensils
  • Toilet Paper – there are toilets along the track, but it would take a brave (or forgetful) tramper to leave home without it.
  • Pocket Knife
  • Map
  • First aid kit, with bandaids, insect repellent, aspirin,etc.

Essential Items for MTBers


All of the above plus:
  • Spare tube
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Basic tool set
  • Brake pads
  • Helmet


Food Supplies


Carry enough food for the number of days you plan to spend on the track, plus a little extra in case of delays caused by high creek water levels, injury etc.

Food should be nutritious, light in weight, easy to cook, non-perishable and of high energy content.

Some good tramping foods: pasta, rice, couscous, cheese, salami, dried fruit, nuts, muesli, chocolate, some dehydrated and instant packaged foods such as soup and noodles.


Other Items to Consider


  • Camera (there are a lot of incredible photo opportunities along the track)
  • Earplugs (there may be some snorers in your hut)
  • Torch, headlamp or candles (Perry, James Mackay & Heaphy huts have solar lighting, other huts do not and there are also caves along the track)
  • MP3 / radio
  • A good book
  • Sunscreen
  • DOC Heaphy Track brochure
  • For campers: a sturdy weatherproof tent with rain fly, cooking stove and fuel
  • Gas cooker (if you are camping, or intend to stay in huts without gas cookers such as Brown and Gouland Downs)
  • Gloves

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