New Zealand What to Pack

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New Zealand What to Pack

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    Christchurch What to Pack

    Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing in our colder months of May through September. These months tend to be wetter than usual and often include a cold southerly wind which will make the temperature feel even colder. Given that it is likely to get wet make sure you have a good rain coat. Nothing out of the normal is needed for winter. If you...

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  • Pack for your Itinerary

    Depending which direction you come from will dictate how many bags you can take. Via the USA you are allowed 2 bags with a 23kg (50lb) max & via Asia it's one bag. Be careful here as overweight luggage charges can be expensive. These items are going to depend greatly on what you intend to do. New Zealand has some stunning tracks to go tramping...

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  • Be prepared for all seasons

    Really depends on your way and preferences of travelling. I have totally given up hard-case suitcases because they weigh so much that you cannot pack anything... LOL And soft-case suitcases are more forgiving if you buy too many souvenirs in NZ and have to "extend" your suitcase...Either wear or pack your tramping/hiking boots near the top of the...

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    GOOD quality rain gear, especially if you are spending any time on the south island. I found it quite cold there even in the height of the summer. Bring lots of layers. Bring good hiking boots and shoes for the water. I had some issues with all my stuff getting wet (and not drying because of the cold rain) so if you are a real light packer you...

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  • Guide "Lord of The Rings Location...

    If you're a fan of the Lord of The Rings movie trilogy, you will love Lord of The Rings Location Guidebook (-$NZ25), the definitive guidebook on all locations used in the movies. Author Ian Brodie is a devoted Tolkien fan, director of the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum in Wanaka, and an established and successful aviation writer. It is lavishly...

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  • Do not bring fruit and other fresh food...

    NEVER EVER bring fruit, vegetables, honey, meat, fish, flowers or such things into NZ. If you have not eaten your apple in the airplane, leave it there, or - your last chance - throw it into the amnesty bins at the terminal upon arrival. If you have this apple in your bag and you have not declared it and the MAF dogs discover them you will...

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  • You just cant go without.....

    Lots of warm clothes. Beanies, scarves, boots, socks, gloves, big warm jackets, (wind n waterproof), warm pants. Film, film, film. Make sure you take plenty of film/memory cards for your cameras. You will need it. If you think you have enough....get some more. Its an amazing place with amazing scenery. Charge your digital cameras and video...

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  • Air New Zealand's New Bag Allowance...

    If you plan to get on a (or more) domestic flight(s) in New Zealand you should know about the new baggage policy of Air New Zealand that applies from 15 September 2008. In some cases it will surely make sense to pack for your international flight accordingly if you want to save some dollars.Only the first checked bag of up to 25 kg will be free. A...

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  • Sand Flies are the scum of the earth.

    Get a bucket of insect repellent. Most of the south island is infested with sand flies and they are a serious nuisance. We met and saw people come out of treks looking like they were hormonal teenagers with acne that could be considered a contraceptive (no sex with that face).Another thing to note with the sand flies is a few days later the itch...

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  • Remember it's the opposite season!

    If it's winter when you go you are probably going to need your two bag limit as airlines are getting finicky about weight. An unbrella would have been a great idea. You will need walking shoes! If you go in the winter, a mid weight jacket with a windbreaker is a nice thing! Take a nicer pair of shoes if you are planning to go out to nicer...

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  • Don't forget Sunblock

    NZ get slammed by the brutal UV rays due to the lack of ozone, clean atmosphere and the fact that the Southern Hemisphere actually gets closer to the sun than the northern hemisphere during summer. You can easily get burnt in 10 minutes during summer months, and even during spring skiing. Skin cancer is no joke! Get some sunscreen!

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  • Hot and Cold

    Let me just say that I was completely unprepared for this trip when it came to clothing. I read that because of its location, New Zealand could go from hot to cold in 24 hours. I didn't really believe it, and since we were traveling during NZ's summer time, I packed cool clothing. It was cold and windy the entire time we were there, and if it had...

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  • Travel Light but Clean

    Make sure you have room in your luggage for all the things you'll buy on your trip - even if you think you won't buy anything!! Good walking shoes/boots are essential and you must make sure they are spotlessly clean - you have to declare them on arrival, have them inspected, and if they're dirty you have to pay to have them steam cleaned. This...

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  • Don't forget...

    Bring a big and a small backpack. The small one is for day trips and tours that last a couple of days. The big one is to put all your mess in, it's easier to carry around than a big suitcase. Be prepared for every kind of weather in New Zealand. Defenitly bring rain wear, very sturdy shoes for the long walks you can do here and warm clothing in...

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  • Don't fotget your hiking shoes!

    In New Zealand there are thousands of fantastic hikes that lead you through and to the miracles of nature.So a good pair of hiking shoes is very usefull! A camera and a ***load of filmrolls are a good thing to bring with you....:-)Around every corner you will find another "Kodak" moment.

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  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather

    luggage depends on what kind of travelling you are doing. If you're travelling around with a rental car - bring as much as you'd like. If you're travelling by bus, train, hitchhiking - bring just one small suitcase or large pack. Because of NZ's geology - the weather is quite unprectible! In the winter it get's cold so make sure you have plenty of...

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  • Summertime

    Backpack/ trolleybag plus a daypack. The lighter the better T-shirts, pants (1 long and 1 short), raincoat, windbreaker, cap, SUNGLASSES shampoo, soap/body shampoo, moisturiser, SUNBLOCK, facial cleanser, LIP GLOSS, INSECT REPELLENT, basic first aid kit. You don't have to bring them as you can get them in NZ and the qualities are good. I only...

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  • What to Bring?

    The kind of bag you bring with you on your trip to New Zealand will depend entirely on what kind of travel you are hoping to do. New Zealand is fine for suitcases if you are planning on being transferred airport to hotel and not moving around too much. I think the majority of people who will be reading this though are probably planning an adventure...

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  • Pack carefully and Light

    As it turns out, the local flights in NZ limit the weight of your luggage. Origin Pacific limits your checked baggage weight to 20 Kg total, and carry-ons cannot weigh more than 5 Kg. Bring an umbrella! There are no toilet seat covers in public toilets.

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  • Different names for different things...

    A Jersey or a Jumper is a sweaterGumboots are Wellingtons/Rubber bootsJandles are rubber thongs/flipflopsA Nappy is a diaper A Tracksuit is a sweat top and bottom A vest is a undershirtSneakers are trainers or running shoes Togs Bathing suit/costume Check any medications with your Chemist/Pharmacist before leaving, they may be marketed under...

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  • Warm clothing!!!

    Even though we had some magnificent weather with beautiful blue cloudless skies, it can get very cold when you are in the shadows of the higher peaks of the south Island, especially around the Milford Sound area.

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  • Photography - Be prepared

    Always travel with your main bag and a day pack. I keep my toiletries and a change of clothes in the day pack which I keep with me at all times along with my camera bag. Take a warm Jacket with you, even in summer. Take the basics as they are all readily available everywhere in New Zealand I always travel with my Minolta SLR camera with 2 lenses...

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  • Get set for the great outdoors!

    If you really want to enjoy New Zealand's natural beauty, you will spend at least a bit of time tramping the myriad trails the country has to offer. You should therefore bring a small backpack to carry snacks, water, a camera,... Bring a pair of confortable walking shoes or trekking boots and if going to the Southern Alps and Fiordland areas, do...

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  • A warm jacket/raincoat is a must!

    Even if you're going to NZ in summer, be safe and bring a raincoat and a warm jacket/fleece. I thought it would be warm enough in November but I'm very glad I took a fleece jacket and raincoat. You will have to constantly put them on and take them off tho! You might want some insect repellent if you're going to Milford Sound, especially if...

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  • Respect the Sun's Powers at all times!

    Walking shoes, you will do a lot of walking. SUNSCREEN is a must. However I have found it best to buy in NZ. Selection and price are good down here. After all we do have to live with the hole in the ozone, so sunscreen is a fact of life. Some schools provide it for their students.SUNGLASSES!! The UV rays are so strong down here you need...

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  • Everything is here right under your...

    Depending on which season you decide to come to New Zealand. I suggest that you bring one average sized bag and a small backpack to carry items such as your passport etc... You can always purchase another bag if necesary along the way from a Luggage shop, a retail outlet or even at a Street market! Kiwis generally get about in casual clothes,...

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  • what is needed...

    wear comfortables shoes, a raincoat would be useful. can be found easily in bigger cities can be found easily in bigger cities it's best to bring your own if you do plan to camp. almost every hostel which I stayed, eveyone had a sleeping bag...cause duvets is chargable at some hostels.

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  • sandflies are BAD

    i raingear and swimmingsuit, the weather can change very quickly, so be preapared something for the use on itching bites, sunscreeen, the ozonlayer is not too thick over here, the sun burnes you very quickly something to take great panorama pics with warm clothes for the night if you are going to the south island sandfly bites are really...

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  • Every season in one day

    depending on you mode of travel will depend on what luggage and bags you use.If backpacking then a rucksack in the best option but if going posh then a case will suffice You need to realise that the weather here changes rather rapidly so always be prepared especially when doing some of the wonder 3 day walks Most toiletries can be purchased but...

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  • Essentials

    The only thing you have to bring to this very scenic country, especially if you're traveling on the northern part of the South Island is DEET, OFF! or REPEL! Sound offensive? Well, this is the only part of the world I've ever been to where it has a special small creature call the SANDFLIES & they travel in swarm! Sandfly can also be found in...

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  • MAF are strict

    Pack everything you think might be inspected in a separate bag, in hand luggage or at the top of your suitcase .. all luggage is x rayed!Try not to travel with food. If you must, have it handy and declare it Clean outdoor footwear and equipment, including camping and sports gear before you pack them Keep any certificates you might require on...

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    Backpack, probably. There are tons of great hikes to take in NZ. Weather-whoa boy, where to start? Because NZ is an island (which many people either forget or conveniently ignore) the weather can change in a heartbeat. You should ALWAYS pack for ANY weather. (I'm not kidding!) Follow the guidelines of DoC and you should be fine. People die all the...

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    No matter what the season, N.Z. weather can be very unpredictable.Being an island means we get alot of rain so be sure to pack some rain-coats.When a southerly wind blows it can be very cold (even in summer)and when the sun is beating down you'd think you were in the middle of the desert.Don't forget the sun-block!

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    When travelling around New Zealand, you definately need a windbreaker jacket... handy for the odd shower of rain (did I say odd..hmmm) that we have here. A must have, is INSECT REPELLANT... there seems to be no end of the little blighters in the summer, show em some skin... and they will have a feeding frenzy!!

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    new zealand is a very modern country so if you are in a need there's no problem to get it there. new zealand make the best camping gear in the world so it's better to buy it there. get close, either to travel in the nature, warm, and short as well. Camping

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    Take clothing suitable for alpine regions. Depending upon the time of year, light stuff as well. This is a land of extremes. Take a clean pair of underwear if intending to Bungee Jump :) Photo taken at Queenstown.

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    If you're planning on backpacking around New Zealand it's best to travel light. The weather changes in New Zealand often eg In the South Island - it tends to get quite chilly and cold even snowing if you're lucky. In the North Island - it tends to vary from warm sunny days to cold and rainy days. Good pair of hiking boots come in handy including...

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    definitely a backpack for days when u will be outdoors...u dont want to be lugging around some nice and pretty but totally useless bag...u'll have yr hands full! when going to any mountainous areas,remember to bring gloves and long johns...i didnt bring them along and had to buy them at some touristy shops at cutthroat prices motion sickness...

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    probably best to take a rucksack if you're going to travel take hiking boots, good trekking clothes, and a raincoat - it rains in NZ!! you can get stuff there, but take plenty with you if you're going to be camping off the beaten track

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    The north and south islands have all kinds of different weather, while it can be incredibly hot and sunny (you need tons of sun tan lotion in the Bay of Islands) you'll need some sweaters and rain gear on the south island. For US travelers a 120-240 curent converter will be required for recharging all your digital camera batteries.

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    Good walking shoes or bootsJacket to keep you warm if you are up the mountains Sunblock lotion (lotion for the sand flys down in the sounds by the sea not needed in the open areas by the sea)Sunglasses normal stuff ok Watch the weather from rain to snow

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    Remember...it is winter when the US has summer and vice versa. Take clothes that match the season. You can buy everything there you could find in the US Be sure and get an adapter for your chargers, etc. Different current

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    When travelling by Motor Home, the best way to pack your stuff is in a backpack. Why? Because you can easily put away the empty backpacks in the motor home. A suitcase is an enormous space absorber. When we travelled in New Zealand we saw all four seasons. Hot, cold, wet, sunny. So be prepared for all kinds of weather.Ofcourse your hiking shoes....

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    Well... your backpack of corse Always have a raincoat Insect repellant I made wunderfull pictures with a simple camera (little zoom). But now I have to surch for a scanner to show them to others... Don't take to much stoff with you.

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    The smaller the bag, the better (especially if you're going to trek). We found that a good fitting backpack is worth the investment (we have Eagle Creek backpacks ...I'm sure there are plenty of other good brands out there). DO bring plenty of zip-loc bags and large plastic bags to keep things dry. The weather in NZ can turn on a dime! My friend...

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