What you need to bring, and how fit you need to be
No you can't join a bushbash trip naked (but here's one of our clients going for a sneeky naked swim in a pristine river). This page contains your kit list for your trip; please follow these instructions carefully so you are properly prepared.
If you are already booked on a trip, it's also important that you read your pre-trip instructions explaining where to meet us, and giving details of any pre-trip briefing we are running.
For a one-day trip
- Sturdy footwear as you'll be walking on rough terrain
- Old trousers or shorts you don't mind getting mucky or (less likely) ripping. (If you wear shorts you might get the odd scratch.)
- T shirt (preferably synthetic) and a warm jumper
- A waterproof coat
- A filled water bottle or bladder in your day pack
- Sun screen and sun hat or thermal hat and gloves if cold (or both in some weathers!)
For a multi-day trip, you need all the above plus:
- A change of clothes for wearing in your tent (including socks, lightweight leggings, synthetic T shirt and extra lightweight jumper)
- Polyprop* thermal leggings and top
- Waterproof trousers
- Gaiters (optional)
- Toothpaste, toothbrush and essential sanitary items / medicines
- Lightweight head torch and spare batteries
- A backpack (rucksack) of 50+ litre capacity which fits your back and has a hip belt
- A drybag pack liner (for inside your pack) and a waterproof pack cover (for outside)
- A good quality 3+ season sleeping bag protected by its own drybag (lighter the better)
If required, we can rent or sell you any of the above items. Let us know what you need when booking.
A note on boots: if you are joining us for a multi-day trip, you will need sturdy walking boots with a good grip on the sole and ankle support. However, don't wear new boots that may give you painful blisters.
*What is polyprop?
Polyprop is New Zealand-speak for common quick-dry thermal leggings and thermal long-sleeved tops that protect you from cold evenings and windy mountain tops and naughty biting sandflies. Most New Zealand walkers wear the leggings under shorts instead of wearing trousers. You can pick up polprop clothing cheaply at any outdoor store.
What we additionally provide
Your guide will carry all necessary cooking equipment, medical kit, emergency beacons and radio, navigation aids and maps.
On multi-day trips we provide modern, ultra-light, 2-person tents and sleeping mats. You will help carry this equipment.
We provide all food on all trips. Again, on multi-day trips you will be carrying your share. It is lightweight, nutritious, tasty and locally sourced and fairtrade where possible. At your pre-trip briefing on multi-day trips, you can choose your food selection from our supply larder. We cater for vegetarian and gluten-free diets; but you should tell us in advance when booking.
What you don't need
Particularly if you are on a multi-day trip, keep personal kit to the bare minimum listed on this page and leave everything else, from lipstick to books, at home. You don't need it and it will weigh you down. We don't care what you look like or how you smell; the bush isn't a fashion parade! At your pre-trip briefing, we will help check your gear, and help you pack your gear for the health of your back.