There is a bit of a saying around these parts that the only thing that can kill you in New Zealand is the weather. Alternatively you can never trust a weather forecast for more than 4 hours around here. This conveniently leaves any adventurer with little choice but to take enough clothing for any eventuality even on a day walk. This is where layering comes in. Rather than set off into the wilderness with an army of yaks to carry your gear, follow these simple steps and you too can be warm and dry even in New Zealand.
- Mid layers do the real work of keeping you warm and provided there is no wind or rain to contend with, they should be all you need on a cold day in the hills. Fleece is usually the most popular choice as it has a pretty good warmth to weight ratio. Mid-weight merino tops are great in terms of warmth and odour control but are heavier than their synthetic counterparts. Once again avoid cotton hoodys as they perform poorly when wet and have a low warmth to weight ratio.
- While this layer isn't always necessary in the height of summer it is a great addition to your kit during the rest of the year. Many back country huts in New Zealand don't have fires in them and being able to throw on a down or synthetic jacket at night is a definite bonus. They also make great pillows when stuffed in a dry bag when you're ready for bed.
Last but not least, make sure that you have a warm hat, sun hat and gloves. I've learnt the hard way not to leave any of these behind.
While this list is not exhaustive it should be an indication of what you need before heading into the hills and mountains in our beautiful country. If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to leave a comment or contact us by email.