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What To Bring

You will need:

  • Strong, comfortable footwear – good quality hiking boots or walking shoes. Make sure you’ve worn them a few times before your walk!
  • Thick hiking socks
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Warm clothing
  • A good raincoat (water-proof outer layer)
  • First Aid kit
  • Pillow case
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • A large water bottle
  • Sun hat and beanie
  • Personal necessities (toiletries, sun screen, insect repellent etc)
  • Camera
  • Food – unless you are taking our 2-Day Deluxe Walk option or our 3-Day Deluxe Walk option

Things to remember:

  • Dress for the weather, and be prepared for it to change.
  • Stay on the track and remain behind any barriers.
  • Some of the Walk crosses private land with the permission of local land owners. Please respect their property, keep to the track and avoid disturbing animals.
  • We transport your luggage to the accommodation huts in time for your arrival each day. Because this involves considerable physical effort, please restrict luggage to one 15-kilogram bag per person.
  • The sleeping bag can be separate, but keep it tightly rolled.
  • Food and refreshments are also counted separately and must be kept in one container (e.g. polystyrene bin, box etc.)
  • Fill up your vehicle with fuel at Otorohanga, Piopio or Te Kuiti. There are no service stations west of Waitomo.

Please note:
For hikers keen to carry all their own gear, we offer Walk Options that don’t include luggage transportation.

Trails full of secret places and spectacular views

The Walk starts and ends at Waitomo Caves Village. It wends its way through deep limestone gorges and primordial native forest, over rolling farmland to lookouts with stunning panoramic views of Mount Ruapehu and the sea.