New Zealand scenic view

New Zealand multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your New Zealand trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings eating and relaxing, too.

Travel essentials

Make sure to bring these documents and must-haves:

  • Passport (should be valid for at least six months from start of trip, with photocopies)
  • Travel visa (for all countries visited that require them, with photocopies)
  • Vaccination certificates (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Sufficient medical and travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Critical medication
  • Credit and debit cards
  • The local currency in various denominations
  • Itinerary, ticket and reservation info

Luggage and organization

You’ll be on the move a lot, so it’s smart to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend using a backpack – it will be the most convenient option. If you’d prefer a suitcase, go with a medium-sized one. Space is limited on transportation, so there’s a limit of one main piece of luggage per traveller. You’ll also definitely want to bring a daypack to make sure you have all your everyday essentials handy.


Choose quick-drying synthetic or merino wool clothing that is lightweight, wicks moisture and won’t wrinkle in your pack. Leave the cotton at home. The weather in New Zealand varies depending on the season. Check the forecast for the time you’re travelling, and make sure you pack the right layers for the weather.


Travel gear and personal care

Optional travel items