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.
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.
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.
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
Slippers or sandles - boots are not allowed indoors and your feet will get wet between rooms
shorts or pants to hike in
track suite to wear after walking
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
DO NOT BRING SHAMPOO CONDITIONER OR SOAP - THESE ARE PROVIDED
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.
SPF lip balm
Photo Equipment: Camera
lots of film
water proof case
Battery recharger - there are power point at lodges
AVOID BIG CHUNKY CAMERAS AS THEY ARE HEAVY AND YOU HAVE TO CARRY THEM
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!!!!!
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 KID..be 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 car...be 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
- Comfortable walking shoes or boots
- Waterproof jacket
- Woollen sweater or fleece jacket
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Insect repellent
Photo Equipment: - Camera and lots of film
Miscellaneous: - Snow chains for your car during winter (May - September)
- Some food & beverages