Milford Sound What to Pack

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    Warm Clothes and Sandfly Repellent

    by Kakapo2 Written May 23, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need warm clothes if you go on a cruise, especially in the morning or late afternoon.

    Temperatures do not get very high here anyway, and on the water it always feels a bit cooler. Plus, if you are not sailing at midday, the steep and high mountains keep the sun from shining right onto your nose most of the time.

    Of course, you can watch the scenery from inside the cabin. But really, who does this when it does not rain??!

    As you can see on my photos, we had a splendid summer’s day in February, and still we were happy to have our anoraks on the boat.

    Later on in the sunshine we were happily hanging around in T-shirts.

    If you plan to go on one of the longer hikes, you also need wind- and/or weatherproof clothes, and especially sturdy shoes. On humid ground sneakers are not good enough, please walk in sturdy hiking boots.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In good weather conditions and little wind you cannot spend a nice day at Milford Sound without insect repellent, or the sandflies will eat you.

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    Keep yourself Warm

    by Aidy_p Written May 13, 2007

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    Hiding Me Ears

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather changes very quickly in Milford Sound. Other than cold air during the Autumn and Winter period, you must make preparation for blitzing cold winds when you're on the boatride.

    Bring along a thick jacket and also wear a couple more layers under that jacket. Bring along your beanie too so that your ears don't fall off due to the freezing temperature.

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    How to wear your pack

    by Josilver Written Dec 13, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Tip 1) Dont pack too much
    Tip 2) If you are taller than 5'5 take the "tall" pack from ultimate hikes
    Tip 3) Clip the bottom clips tightly around your hips (not your waist) you should be taking 90% of the weight on your hips - trust me this makes it a lot easier
    Tip 4) do the clips up tightly across your chest.

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    Milford Track Guided Walk

    by Josilver Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Use the pack provided by Ulitmate hikes - if you are any taller than 5'5" use the "tall" pack
    plastic garbage bag to line your pack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well worn in hiking boots with ankle suuport
    Thick socks
    Slippers or sandles - boots are not allowed indoors and your feet will get wet between rooms
    Long Johns
    shorts or pants to hike in
    Thermal tops
    Polar fleece
    track suite to wear after walking
    Under wear
    Sun hat
    head band or beanie
    (Good big drying rooms are available at all the lodges - you can wash all and dry everything over night so dont take too much - you have to carry it)
    Water wind proof jacket
    weather proof pants
    I would also advise using the rain coat provided unless yours is very long - when it rains IT REALLLY RAINS - you need hard core water protection
    small water bottle

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothpaste and tooth brush
    Hair brush
    Band aids/blister packs - Guides provide "foot love" but if you dont want to inflict your smelly sweaty feet on them bring your own - this will become self explanatory when you do the walk.
    Insect repellent
    SPF lip balm

    Photo Equipment: Camera
    lots of film
    water proof case
    Digital camera
    Battery recharger - there are power point at lodges

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are a few lakes along the way that you can swim in - if you like 8oC water bring your swimmers along
    Oh I forgot the most important thing to take with you - A hiking pole or two. This will make you life a lot easier

    Miscellaneous: Sleep Sheet - one is provided, but if you have small silk one it will be smaller and lighter
    Do not bring any food as all food is provided and you will never be hungry - trust me!!!!!

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

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    make a list and ..pack

    by pepples46 Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    got a strong beak that Kea

    Luggage and bags: I think a backpack is just fine

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: now...we come to the essential, like..hiking boots..ankle protective, wet weather gear, spare socks, you will get wet feet, warm underwear...thermal would be ideal. hat or cap...for those hottisher days...I assume you will do some hiking

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can buy everything in Te Anau, but when on medication, bring your own...and I would advice, FIRST AID wise to pack

    Photo Equipment: that depends on you, pack a plastic bag to protect the camera and lenses

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: yes you can do that here

    Miscellaneous: ...............REPELLENT......SUNBLOCKER.....LIPBALM or suffer, you can buy it all in Te Anau, the chemist knows what you need
    and yes...the KEA is at home here too, so when you come in your warned, he/she is waiting for all the rubberparts to demolish..I explained that a little in my Arthur's Pass page
    one other thing: when planning to walk the Keplar or Milford track, make sure you know the weather conditions. flooding is not a rarity and you might get cut of for a couple of days. weather forecast at Te Anau or the daily Newspaper

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park

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    Be Prepared @ All Times

    by wkcsmt Written Jan 12, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - Comfortable walking shoes or boots
    - Waterproof jacket
    - Woollen sweater or fleece jacket
    - Sunglasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Insect repellent
    - Sunscreen

    Photo Equipment: - Camera and lots of film

    Miscellaneous: - Snow chains for your car during winter (May - September)
    - Some food & beverages

    Related to:
    • Cruise
    • Road Trip
    • National/State Park

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