Even in the middle of summer the climatic conditions of New Zealand can be changing, and although it is not a particularly cold area, the rain will make an appearance with certainty, so at any time of the year we should go as well prepared as possible.
- Clothing and footwear should be comfortable and, if possible, waterproof and breathable, suitable for hiking. A second pair of shoes that can be used to cross the estuaries is recommended if the tide rises earlier than expected. Personally I always carry a folding umbrella; When it heavily rains, it is what will best cover us.
- We will need a backpack, at least 50 liters big if we are going to do the complete Coastal Track or the Inland Track.
- Sleeping bag for the huts. Tent and mat also for those who go to campsites. It is not allowed to hang hammocks, since the trees of the campsites are somewhat weak to support them.
- For the days of good weather, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and swimsuit.
- Both in huts and in camps there are drinking water tanks that can be drunk without problems. Although it is advisable to carry a filter, water purification tablets or boil the water, the usual users of the route comment that it is not necessary. Enough with a 1 or 2 liter bottle.
- Once we leave Marahau there is no place to buy food, which is essential for those who intend to arrive to Wainui via Coastal Track or Inland Track, except in Awaroa Lodge that has a cafeteria, but no food shop, and Wilsons Lodge that includes meals. Aquapackers also offers breakfast. We must bring all our food, if possible buy it in supermarkets in Nelson or Motueka. Gas stove is recommended.
- A small medical kit that includes repellent and antihistamine. Wasps are famous for producing severe bites on this trail.
- The trails are perfectly marked, but it is recommended to carry a map and compass. In some segments there is no mobile coverage, so if they are to be used as a map, it should be used offline.
- There is WiFi signal in the huts, which curiously do not have electricity. We must carry candles or something to light up.
- Toilet paper and garbage bags (there is nowhere to leave the trash, we must carry it until the end of the trek).
- Essential: confirmation of having booked campsites or huts.
CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO