te araroa trail gear review

Te Araroa Trail Gear List

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This is my Te Araroa Trail Gear list. The Te Araroa Trail has a reputation for being hard on gear with lots of rain and mud. As a result I am prepared for the trail. The base weight of my gear list is around 6kg (13lb) which should put less stress on my body compared with the hiker that is carrying heavy loads. This is not my first thru hike so I have the advantage of dialling in my gear. All the items I am carrying have been used on other trails and I find no need just yet to upgrade any items just yet. But this might change in the future.

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Te Araroa Trail Gear List

Shelter + Pack + Sleep System

Nemo Hornet 2 Person Tent– 32oz – 910 gram.
Osprey Packs Exos 48– 32oz – 900 grams (minus the brain lid).
Nemo Nocturne 15F / -9C Down Sleeping Bag = 37oz – 1060 grams.

Nemo Tensor 20R Insulated = 14.5oz – 410 Grams
Nemo Elite Pillow– 2.75oz – 78 Grams
Pack Liner/Garbage bag – 2oz – 60 Grams.

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I will be wearing 3 different pairs of shoes on my hike to see which one I like best. But will Trail Running Shoes make my feet happier? I will review the shoes after the hike. At the start of the hike I’ll be wearing the Altra LonePeak 4.0.

Altra Lone Peak 4.0 – 606 grams per pair (21oz).
Altra Timp – 630 grams per pair (22oz)
Altra Olympus – 23oz (23oz)
Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks – 48 grams x 3


Outdoor Research Filament Hooded Jacket – 281 grams.

No name Merino wool thermal Pants – 150 grams
No name Merino LS thermal Shirt- 155 grams.

Reebok unpadded Cycle Shorts – 85 grams.

No name merino beanie – 60 grams
No name running shorts – 100grams
No name running Shirt – 150 grams
Gloves – 65 grams
Sunhat 55 grams
Sunglasses – 50 grams

I carry no spare clothing with me other than what is listed here. Most people carry town clothes and sleeping clothes. I find them unnecessary. When washing my hiking clothes I wear my rain gear.


Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket – 180 Grams
Outdoor Research Helium Pants – 153 Grams
Sea to Summit Hiking Umbrella – 227 grams

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles 413 grams (pair)

Petzl – TIKKA Headlamp = 85 grams


Evernew Ti DX Stove Titanium 86 Grams.
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset with homemade aluminum foil lid 114 Grams.
Sea To Summit X-Mug – 78 grams
Titanium Spoon – 12 Grams
Gerber STL 2.0 Knife 28 Grams

Steripen rechargable– 140 grams
Katadyn Micropur Water Purifier Tabs – 20 Grams.
Platypus Bottle 2-Litre – 36 Grams
Nalgene Water Bottle 1 litre– 178 grams
Bic Lighter – 20 Grams – A necessary item, obviously.

Cameras or Electronics

Samsung S9+ 256GB + headphones + cable + case 190 grams. This will be my only camera for photos and videos.
Anker 20100mAh battery pack – 354 grams.
USB Wall Charger for New Zealand /Australia+ Cables 65 grams.

Other Gear

Plastic zip lock bags
Money / ID / Credit Cards
Blister pads
Strapping Tape
Foot infection anti-biotic
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Safety Pin
Deet insect repellent
Lip Balm
Toilet tissue

Total = 325 Gram

Want to know how the gear performed?
Te Araroa Trail Gear Review

te araroa trail gear list

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