Seeing as I recently wrote a post about my essentials for a day trek, I thought I should also do a feature about which are the essential items for those considering taking a trip to the wild and wonderful New Zealand.
This beautiful country covers lots of different kinds of terrain from the sands of Ninety Mile Beach to the mountain ranges of the South Island. Plus New Zealand’s cities are frequently featured amongst the world’s hippest destinations for their nightlife and casinos, and so what are the must-haves for exploring this lovely nation?
Items for the outdoors
Much like holidaying in Australia, it’s essential to pack a decent sunblock and sunglasses as sun can be surprisingly intense despite New Zealand’s well-deserved reputation as being ‘the land of the long white cloud’.
Many visitors to New Zealand have had the misfortunate of being plagued by the nasty black flies that seem to populate the areas around rivers and lakes, so be sure to pack a reputable insect repellant.
And I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s been caught out by the nation’s very changeable weather, so make sure you have a good lightweight rain jacket that you can pop in your rucksack.
But if New Zealand’s turbulent weather is making you a little uneasy about making travel plans, then make sure you download the WeatherWatch app that even includes a very handy rain radar!
With everything from the Youth Hostel Association app to the iTravelNZ app providing assistance in cost-effective accommodation and finding the coolest bars, it’s clear that taking a smartphone is essential for any New Zealand trip.
This is particularly so as Lucky Nugget Casino allow first time players to find out more about where they can enjoy the best games of online pokies and real-life table games in this casino-crazy country.
Although smartphone cameras have become pretty advanced in recent years, New Zealand’s incredible scenery means that taking a decent DSLR camera with you is a must if you’re looking to try and cram in the incredible vistas of Mount Ruapehu into your lens.
And finally, although New Zealand’s cities are pretty chic, they are still relaxed enough so that I didn’t feel out of place wearing my rugged trainers that had taken me all the way from the South Island to the trendy bars of Auckland.
So whether you’re into checking out the online pokies or even exploring the most remote parts of Tongariro National Park, then you can easily get around with just the few basic essential items!