The weather in New Zealand can be very unpredictable, so it is important that you bring enough gear and clothing to be comfortable in all conditions.
It is not uncommon to experience 'four seasons in one day' so quality rain gear and light weight, packable, warm clothing is essential.
Fleece, wool or wool blend clothing like Under Armour, First Lite and Kuiu are well suited to our conditions, so please leave the cotton at home!
Keep in mind that if you are on a back pack hunt, you will be carrying everything with you until a base camp is set up - heavy, bulky clothing is not recommended. If we are hunting on private land, we will likely drive right to the base camp so a few heavier luxuries are ok.
Southern Sky Outfitters has a range of quality equipment available for our clients use - please let us know prior to your hunt if you require anything from this list.
Click here for a printable PDF version of our gear list.
*Please note that we will provide camping gear such as tents and cooking equipment (incl. plates, cups, utensils).
Waterproof rain jacket
Waterproof over trousers
Fleece long sleeve top/ wind stopper
Short sleeve top
Long johns/thermal bottoms x 2
Long sleeve thermal tops x 2
3-5 x pairs of good, warm woollen socks
Wool/warm hat or beanie
Cap or sun hat
Gloves x 2 pairs
Good mountain boots - (they'll need to be very clean to clear NZ customs) preferably leather with rigid sole. Brands like Lowa, Meindl, Kenetrek all perform well in our conditions.
Sunglasses - if mountain hunting
Backpack - 70 litre at least
Pack liner - big survival bag/liner to keep gear dry
Rain cover for pack
Daypack - 20-40 litre
Firearm - we can provide these, but click here if you're wanting to bring your own.
Ammunition x 3 boxes (if bringing your own gun)
Four season sleeping bag - 700 loft minimum
Sleeping mat - Thermarest or quality equivalent
Walking sticks - collapsible is best
Head light - plus spare batterys or charging cables
Knife or Havelon
Binoculars - preferably 10 x 42
Other Personal Items
Toiletries - tooth brush, tooth paste etc
Camera or phone
Water bottle - at least 1 litre
Medication (own personal stuff - ie inhaler, prescription drugs etc)