When it was time for my trip to New Zealand, I debated so much on the things to bring along because I would be travelling through winter, spring and summer. I wasn’t really familiar with the weather in New Zealand either as it was my first time visiting. Throughout my 6 months of travel there, I have changed and replaced some items that I brought. I hope that this information may be useful for anyone intending to travel to New Zealand.
Backpack or luggage?
I initially went with a luggage but decided to change to my Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack on the very last night before I left. I was glad that I brought my backpack even though the space can be quite limiting throughout my 6 months of travel there. As the landscape in New Zealand is not always the same, having a backpack was the most convenient for me.
I travelled mainly with these clothes items.
My Blue Eagle Creek Packing Cube: 4 dresses, 2 t-shirts, 2 long-sleeved top (includes 1 merino wool top I used mostly for hiking), 1 tank top, 5 underwear
My Black Eagle Creek Packing Cube: 2 leggings, 1 skirt, 1 shorts, 1 yoga pants, swimwear and 2 bras
I was based mostly in the North Island during winter so I didn’t have to use as many layers as those would have to further south. I also didn’t really hike too high so I didn’t bring along any special hiking clothes either.
My Tip: Instead of rolling my underwear, I simply stacked it on top of each other to save space within the packing cube!
I had a pair of TEVA sandals (for hotter days), casual shoes, slippers (mostly for hostels) and my hiking shoes (which I wore all the time so I never packed it in my bag).
My Tip! Bring a good pair of waterproof walking (or hiking) shoes because the weather is quite unpredictable here.
I bought most of my toiletries there including the bag I kept it all in. Basic items are quite affordable and my toiletries bag was big enough to fit a few 250ml bottles so I travelled with just this bag of toiletries. I did eventually transfer them into smaller travel sized containers to make space for me to include any souvenirs I wanted to buy along the way.
I also brought along a small bag of makeup on my travels. I had a slim green pouch that I could keep in my toiletries bag and it could fit my mascara, eyeliner, a small eyeshadow pallette, eyebrow powder and a small tube of perfume.
My Tip! Buy toiletries in New Zealand itself if intending to stay longer than a few weeks. Bring your own makeup though as it is quite expensive here to buy basic makeup.
I brought my laptop, chargers, kindle, camera, portable charger, external hard disk (for my photos) and 2 phones (which was useful when one died on me)
My tip! Bring a smaller laptop if you wish to travel long term. I regretted bringing my usual laptop as it was quite bulky and made my backpack heavy when travelling around. Also, bring along movies/ dramas in your laptop/ phone/ external hard disk as data is expensive to use in New Zealand.
I had a big travel towel, a hand towel, a sarong, a cardigan, a fleece jacket,a rain jacket with a hood (and wind-proof is good too), packable down jacket from Uniqlo (I sent this back after winter) and of course, sunglasses!
My tip! Layers are important as the weather in New Zealand can change suddenly. I would usually wear my fleece jacket and bring along a rain jacket in my daypack especially during spring. Or I would wear my cardigan in the summer and bring along a rain jacket in case it is windy or rains suddenly.
So these are the items that I had in my bags when travelling around New Zealand.
I would usually still have space for some souvenirs as can be seen in photos here so I’m happy that I managed to pack quite minimally while travelling around. This was something that I struggled with at the beginning of my trip as I ended up giving away items that I couldn’t fit in my bag. I eventually learnt to limit my unnecessary purchases and also to maximise my limited bag space to fit my purchases.
I hope this information is helpful in your packing decisions as I was so undecided when I was packing for mine. 🙂
Have you been to New Zealand? Do you have any other packing tips? Feel free to share! 🙂