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One of the most popular articles on this site is our piece on where to hire hiking gear in Australia. The question is asked regularly in the group so it’s a great resource to share and increasingly people are finding it when they search google.
Now is time to share a resource for hikers (or should that be trampers?) in, or who are travelling to, New Zealand.
A list of places in New Zealand where you can rent or hire hiking equipment.
The country’s biggest city, Auckland is home base for many hikers and is therefore the logical place to kit up with the right gear for that big (or short) tramp. There are a number of places to hire hiking gear in Auckland if you’re ultra organised and wish to have everything packed before heading to the track. According to their website, the Auckland University Tramping Club does hire to non-members for a fee.
We could only find one place that hires out gear in the Bay of Plenty region and that’s Outdoorsman Headquarters in Rotorua and they only appear to hire PLBs. If you know of any other places that hire hiking equipment in the Bay of Plenty region please comment below.
Outdoorsman Headquarters – Rotorua
The Manawatu-Wanganui region is home to the famous Tongariro National Park and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a must-do tramp for the North Island hiker. The Alpine Centre located in National Park Village, the starting point for many trampers, hires out a range of equipment including packs, jackets, sleeping bags, and hiking poles.
The Palmerston North Tramping & Mountaineering Club – Palmerston North
The Alpine Centre – National Park Village
Mount Tongariro and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. One of the most popular hikes in NZ. The Alpine Centre in National Park Village, the town closest to the park, hires equipment for those doing this tramp. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.
We could only find one store to get rent hiking gear in Wellington, which is Adventure Capital. If you know any other places please comment below.
Adventure Capital – Wellington
A popular Great Walk (or paddle, for that matter!), the Abel Tasman, is well catered for with hiking gear equipment for hire with two of the local kayak hire companies hiring out a range of camping equipment—tents, stoves, sleeping bags and mats. If you forget anything from your trip up from Nelson these operators may be able to help.
Nelson, the regions service town, has a number of outdoor gear stores but seems limited for gear hire options. If you know any other places please comment below.
Pack Gear Go – Nelson
Most travellers heading to the South Island for a hiking adventure fly in through Christchurch. There are a couple of places you can hire hiking gear in Christchurch and dozens of stores where you can buy equipment.
Habitat Sports – Westport
The Otago region on the South Island. It’s an absolute hiking mecca. Home to Queenstown and Wanaka, it’s also the home to Mt Aspiring National Park and stunning multi-day hikes like the Routeburn, Rees Dart, and Young-Wilkin. As you would expect for such an outdoors-mad region there are plenty of hiking gear stores and a few that will hire out equipment too. Whether you’re based in Queenstown or Wanaka, or all the way over on the east coast in Dunedin, there is an option.
The Info & Track store on Shotover Street, Queenstown. Conveniently located to rent hiking equipment. They also provide shuttle services out to the Rees Dart, Routeburn, and Caples Greenstone.
Fiordland National Park. The jewel in the NZ hiking crown. Home to the Great Walks the Milford Track and Kepler Track, and a plethora of other short, day, and multi-day hikes. Plenty of places to buy or hire hiking gear as well as rent a PLB.
Have we missed your town or destination above? Get in touch with the following businesses as they may have a store near you that can help.
When hiking in the New Zealand backcountry it’s crucial to carry a personal locator beacon (PLB), even if you’re hiking in a group. (See our posts on the reasons why you should carry a PLB) See below for lists of places that hire personal locator beacons in NZ: