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Gear - what to take with you

Having the right gear with you can make the difference between a great day in the hills, an uncomfortable experience, or in extreme cases, survival. New Zealand's weather is notoriously fickle, so being prepared for all conditions is essential.

Tramping Gear and Food

For a Day Trip...

All persons should carry their own personal gear. Clothing to be worn:
Wool or polyprop. T-shirt, shorts, socks (2 pr), boots & gaiters (Cotton clothing, jeans & tracks pants aren't suitable), wool or fleece jacket.

Additional Clothing: Longjohns, long sleeve wool or polyprop, top, raincoat, overtrousers, socks, hat, gloves.

Gear: Pack with plastic liner, torch (hands-free headtorch recommended), spare bulb & batteries, whistle, matches, toilet paper, personal first aid kit, map & compass, plastic bags, pencil & paper.

Food: Drink bottle (1 litre), hot drink, lunch, snacks & spare food. (You should have enough food for one extra day).

Group gear: shelter (tent fly or bivvy bag), cooker and personal locator beacon (406MHz).

For a Weekend (Multi-day) trip

In addition to the above:

Food: a normal trip includes 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner, snacks, and spare food.

Additional gear: cup, plate, knife, spoon, candle, hut tickets, Change of clothing for hut, hut shoes (optional).

Sleeping gear: Sleeping bag, liner and mattress

Group gear: Consider taking a Mountain radio/Personal Locator Beacon (406MHz), GPS, cellphone.

In Winter: Extra clothing, socks, snow goggles, sun-screen, crampons, ice axe (check with leader)

Gear for Manawatu Lodge at Mt Ruapehu

  • Torch
  • Pillow case
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towel & toiletries
  • Footwear for inside the lodge
  • Change of clothes
  • Bread
  • Fruit
  • Nibbles
  • Fresh Milk (if preferred - powdered milk is provided)

Gear for Skiing, Riding and Sliding

  • Waterproof trousers and parka
  • Gloves and Hat
  • Snow goggles and/or sun glasses
  • 2-3 layers of Poly pro or woollen vests
  • Suntan lotion
  • Water bottle and/or thermos
  • Day pack
  • Nibbles
  • Money for lunch & drinks
  • Warm pants
  • Long socks

Gear Hire

The Club has a limited range of gear available to members for use on club or private trips. Gear includes:

  • Personal locator beacons (PLBs)
  • Tents, tent flys and bivvy bags
  • Billies
  • Ice axes, crampons, ice hammers

Contact the Gear Custodian for details

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