What to bring

Your gear requirements will depend on whether you are a day or multi-day user, and whether you’re on two feet or two wheels. This is not a comprehensive list and assumes users will have their own outdoor-suitable clothing and footwear, first aid and personal items, but provides some suggestions specific to The Old Ghost Road experience.

All Overnight Users

  • Print-out(s) of hut, sleepout or tent site booking(s)
  • Cookers and fuel if staying at the Mokihinui Forks or Goat Creek huts (these two huts DO NOT have gas cookers)
  • Sleeping bag (hut bunks and summer sleepouts have mattresses)
  • Tea towel for drying the hut crockery and cutlery (biodegradable dish-washing soap is provided)
  • Biodegradable toilet paper (there are composting toilets at Lyell Saddle, Ghost Lake, Stern Valley and Specimen Point huts)
  • Firelighting equipment (i.e. matches and firestarters) for the hut fireplaces
  • Candles and/or torch
  • Plastic bag(s) for ‘packing out’ your rubbish
  • Antihistamines (wasps can be present, particularly in the Goat Creek and Mokihinui Gorge and South Branch areas)
  • Sandfly repellent (particularly useful for the low parts of the trail)
  • An emergency communication device like a Personal Locator Beacon (most of the track does not have cellphone coverage) and/or satellite phone

Day users can obviously opt to leave out a gas cooker, tea towel, sleeping bag and firelighting equipment, however all other items are strongly recommended. These additional emergency kit items (as recommended by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council) are also recommended for trail users:

  • Emergency shelter/survival bag
  • Whistle
  • Cord or string
  • Sharp knife
  • Bandage and plasters
  • Aluminium foil
  • Pencil and paper

Mountain bikers

Mountain bikers should be prepared to make repairs in remote areas. Essential items include:

  • A comprehensive bike tool with chainbreaker
  • Quick release chain link
  • Tyre tool
  • Spare tube(s) / fresh patch kit
  • Spare pair of brake pads
  • Pump /CO2 pump
  • Light
  • Derailleur hanger
  • Spare cleat screw
  • Cable ties
  • Small length of duct tape
  • Reading glasses if you need them!