Te Araroa: gear list

We are planning to walk just over 3.000 kilometers: from the most northern point of New Zealand (Cape Reinga) to the most southern point (Bluff). Everything we need during this epic 4-5 month adventure will be strapped to our back. Therefore, it is important not to take too much gear. In order to prepare for the unexpected, we have read dozens of blogs, of fellow hikers and came up with a reasonable lightweight gear list. Of course, experienced thru-hikers will say our gear is still way too heavy, but please consider that Jasper has already made a huge sacrifice by not bringing his DSLR (oh, and don't say anything about this to him, before he changes his mind!).


Backpack: Exped Lightning 60 1.120 gram
Water bladder: Camelbak Antidote 2L 180 gram
Hiking poles: Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles 440 gram
Jacket: Marmot PreCip + 308 gram
Rab Xenon X 343 gram
Rain pants: Vaude Yaras 200 gram
Sweater: Merino Wool Sweater (off label) 213 gram
T-shirt: Icebreaker Tech Lite SS (2x) + 264 gram
Icebreaker Tech Lite LS (1x) 157 gram
Pants: Fjällräven Barents Pro + 570 gram
Fjällräven Cape Point MT + 330 gram
Icebreaker Strike Lite Short 110 gram
Underpants: Icebreaker Anatomica + 70 gram
Supernatural Mid Base Boxer 92 gram
Socks: Injinji Run Lightweight MC Xtralife (2x) + 66 gram
Injinji Trail Midweight Crew (1x) 79 gram
Shoes: La Sportive Mutant Black + 626 gram
Luna Mono 2.0 342 gram
Gaiters: Vaude Albona II 90 gram
Hat: Ayacucho Dasan Desert Cap + 61 gram
Icebreaker Chase Muts 26 gram
Buff: Buff Wool 47 gram


Backpack: Exped Lightning 60 Woman 1.070 gram
Water bladder: Platypus Big Zip LP Reservoir 2L 160 gram
Hiking poles: Black Diamond Distance FLZ Trekking Poles Woman 440 gram
Jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II + 156 gram
Haglofs Essens Mimic 403 gram
Rain pants: Pro-X Elements Logan regenbroek 241 gram
Sweater: The North Face Mezzaluna Full Zip Hoodie 249 gram
T-shirt: Icebreaker Siren SS (2x) + 164 gram
Icebreaker Siren LS (1x) 123 gram
Pants: Fjällräven Övik wandelbroek + 430 gram
Nike Dri fit legging long + 234 gram
Adidas Climate legging short + 93 gram
Icebreaker Women's Cool-Lite Comet Shorts 108 gram
Underwear: Icebreaker Women's Sprite Racerback Bra (2x) + 148 gram
Icebreaker Women's Sprite Hot pants (2x) 80 gram
Socks: Injinji Trail Midweight MC (2x) + 108 gram
Injinji Trail Midweight Crew (1x) 79 gram
Shoes: Tecnica Inferno Xlite 3.0 + 532 gram
Luna Mono 2.0 305 gram
Gaiters: Vaude Albona II 90 gram
Hat: Eider Newton + 48 gram
Icebreaker Chase Muts 26 gram
Buff: Buff Wool 47 gram

Camping gear

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba NX + 1.720 gram
MSR footprint 200 gram
Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season (2x) (790 gram per sleeping pad) + 1.580 gram
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir airpump (including 2 AAA bateries) 73 gram
Sleeping bag: Mountain Equipment Helium 600 (2x) (1.070 gram) 73 gram
Pillow: Exped AirPillow UL M 50 gram
Gas stove: Optimus Crux Lite + 74 gram
Gas canister (to be bought in New Zealand) 360 gram
Pot: Bo-camp Trekking set 600 gram
Plates: Sea-to-Summit X-Plate (2x) 328 gram
Cutlery: 2 forks, 2 knives en 2 spoons + 149 gram
Kitchen knive 11 gram
Cups: Aluminum cup (2x) 236 gram
Waterfilter: Platypus GravityWorks 2L Waterfilter 325 gram
Trowel: Coghlan's Trowel 51 gram

First aid kit

Will be published later


Phone: One Plus 3t (2x) 436 gram
Camera: Canon G7 X Mark II + 319 gram
GoPro Hero 4 152 gram
Accessories: Several memory cards
E-reader: Kobo Aura Edition 2 180 gram
GPS: Garmin 64s (including 2 AA batteries) 260 gram
PLB: Spot Gen3 (including 4 AAA batteries) 114 gram
Powerbank: Anker 2nd Gen Astro E6 479 gram
Wires: Phone charger + 109 gram
USB to USB-C + 5 gram
USB wire 62 gram
Flashlight: Petzl headlamp (2x) (incluing 3 AAA batteries) 166 gram

The total weigth of our gear is just under 22 kilogram. We do know that some of our items are rather heavy (tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag). However, we have specifically chosen to carry a little bit more weight to have just a bit more comfort on the trail (for example, we hate feeling cold at night). Also, we don't carry all items listed above in our backpack: some clothes we will be wearing and the hiking poles we be carried in our hands. The weight of our backpack will therefore be just over 9 kilograms per person. Not bad, isn't it?

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The 22 kg pack: I assume you each carried 22kg? that seems a lot. how much of it was food and water? thanks and regards --Kumar

kumar | 31-01-2018 08:25

No, the 22kg is for the both of us. If you exclude shoes, clothes, hiking poles, etc., the base weight of our packs is 9-10kg. The amount of food and water varies per section. One section we had 11 days of food, that was rather a big weight

2theworld | 31-01-2018 08:57

Great lists. Thanks for sharing.

Really useful.

Did you find that your tent was a good choice?

Thanks loads


tony | 07-02-2018 16:58

We really like our tent: it is spacious and light. However, with newer models on the market, I might buy an even lighter tent for a next thru-hike

2theworld | 12-02-2018 19:30

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