We love gear and love being introduced to new innovative products so don’t be afraid to bring anything along. Now in saying that if you are doing a helicopter access hunt there will be a weight restriction so you will need to go light!
What to bring
The only things you need to bring are good clothes and boots. Now what does good mean? As far as clothing goes we suggest using the layering system. This way you can regulate your heat properly as the weather changes or we transition from glassing to hiking. This means you want good moisture wicking base layers, something like Earth Sea Sky’s power wool base layers are great as they combine the wicking properties of a technical synthetic and the anti bacterial (stink) factor of wool. Then you want some mid layers that can add plenty of warmth. Then a top layer preferably wind breaking, a good Primaloft works well and lastly a full waterproof. We prefer these to have a soft outer as they are much more quiet than some of the hardshell water proofs. Swazi make some great options. For the bottom half you want to have a similar system, although we will often wear shorts over our base layer for comfort and moveability. Your gear does not have to be the latest and greatest or camoflage, but we do suggest that you go with darker colours that will blend in with the environment. As for boots please don’t buy the boots your going to hunt with the day before the hunt. Good boots normally need a little breaking in. You want a pair of boots with a good stiff sole and strong ankle support. When you are trying boots on you do not want much or any side to side movement and you really want to make sure you can not kick your toes against the front of the boot, this will become very painful after long descents. Everything else we can provide or hire, but the more of your own kit you bring, that you are comfortable with, the better.
Don’t forget your camera!!
- Backpack for day hunting in the mountains – approx 30 litres – remember rain cover
- Hunting Knife
- Multi tool
- Head Torch
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Cameras and extra batteries for these
- Powerbank if required by yourself
- Ice Axe
- Walking poles
- Hearing protection
- Light weight Towel
- Thermal inner layers
- Long hiking socks
- Lightweight and durable hunting trousers
- Lightweight and durable hunting top
- Buff neck scarf
- Hunting hat
- Lightweight and durable rain jacket and trousers
- Warm jersey or down jacket for evenings
- Shorts for bathing
- Belt if required by yourself
- Good Hiking Boots with a stiff shank – remember to make sure they are 100% clean for import purposes if you are coming from overseas and also ensure they are freshly greased
- Boots for around camp or whilst travelling.
- Extra shoe laces for hiking boots
- Personal hygiene items
- Any medicine or prescription medicine. Remember to bring enough for the duration of thehunt
- Insect repellant
- Sun Screen
- Reading material – if weather bound
- Your local Firearms license
What we provide
Whats included in the price: ( some of these items you might wish to bring your own)
- All meals and drinks
- Personal locator beacon
- Walking and/or shooting stick
- Day pack
- Water bottles
- Ice axe and/or crampons
- Hunting knife
- Head torch
- USB charging
- Meat bags
- Dry Bags
- Tent lights
- Your guide will also have: Spotting scope, GPS, satellite communication.
What we can hire to you if needed
- Rifle including ammunition (we have a number of different options available) ($180/person/trip)
- Sleeping Bag ($40/person/trip)
- Sleeping mat ($20/person/trip)
Gear shopping recommendations
We are really lucky to have some fantastic companies making really good quality gear right here in New Zealand.
If you are after great quality New Zealand made technical outdoors gear, have a chat to the folks at Earth Sea Sky, their gear is not hunting specific but is very well made and they are very helpful and good at kitting you out in the right gear for the job.
Also based right here in Christchurch is Cactus, and for hard wearing ruggedness their gear cannot be beaten, they also make a great hunting pack
Another great company still making their higher end jackets etc in New Zealand is Swazi, Both Per and Steve hunt in a Swazi Tahr anorak.