3,000 km on foot across New Zealand

Sponsors & Equipment


Through collaboration with Backcountry Experience in Durango, CO and the Te Araroa Trust, New Zealand On Foot is proudly sponsored by Mountain EquipmentMSR, and Katadyn, among others.

New Zealand On Foot is the first American project of this type and scale, offering sponsors customized social media content, product promotion, and an adventure to be swept away with.

Email margaret@newzealandonfoot.com for more information.

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10 Responses to “Sponsors & Equipment”

    • Rylee Materi

      Hey Margaret,
      I’m planning a thru-hike this winter and was curious as to the size of you food bag. I’m currently thinking of bringing a 10L. I’m wondering if I should exchange it for a 15L. Also, did you do a simple rodent hang every night or were they not an issue. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog while doing my research.

      • margaret

        Hi Riley,

        Thanks for reading and good luck on your upcoming hike! I believe my food bag was about 10L, which was plenty large for the most part. We didn’t have much of a problem with rodents on the North Island and usually just slept with our food in our tents. Mice and rats were a MUCH bigger problem on the South Island. 2014/15 was a mast year, meaning the beech trees were producing more than a normal amount of seeds. The rodent population spiked to obscene numbers and we definitely had to hang a “bear bag.”

        This was one of our biggest mouse related adventures: http://www.newzealandonfoot.com/midnight-with-the-mice-weka-in-the-morning/

        You really don’t have to hang a proper bear bag. Just get it a few feet off the ground and make sure they can’t scurry onto it from the tree…

        Hope this helps!


  1. Jonathan

    Hi Margaret!

    First off – incredibly jealous! Well done on securing sponsors for you and your dad’s trip, it can’t have been easy. The fact you’re doing this with your dad is amazing too!

    I’ve been looking into planning a similar trip (either Te Araroa like yourself or the Eastern Continental Trail in North America) and was wondering if you had any tips on budgeting for a fellow backpacker? It’s never really been one of my strengths so any advice you can give would be really appreciated 🙂

    • margaret

      Thanks, Jonathan! Both are quite ambitious – the ECT perhaps even more so! I’ll probably be able to offer better advice once we’ve completed our hike, but in the meantime… I would say over budget on everything. Especially food and accommodation. Because of the nature of the North Island, we’ve ended up staying in more holiday parks and hostels than I’d originally planned. And food (except for raw veggies) is very expensive, even factoring in the favorable exchange rate. Also, unlimited free wifi is not easily come by. It’s simply not available in every coffee shop, bar, hotel, or truck stop. Be prepared to go for days without it, pay (sometimes $50 for 500mb!), or buy data for your iDevice; which I’m thinking of doing. (The YHAs in Auckland and Hamilton have great unlimited internet, tho!)

      You might also consider buying your dehydrated meals at home and bringing them. Drop shipping them across the country is a pain, but the cost of shipping is cheaper than buying them here. Just check with biosecurity before you do, so they don’t get taken away at the airport!

      If this is your first thru-hike, try to go on a week or two week backpacking trip to test your gear before leaving. It’s a great way to figure out all the stuff you really don’t need!

      Anyway, ask me this question again when we reach Bluff… I might have some totally different advice by then =)

  2. Morgan

    Hi Margaret-

    You have officially inspired me to start planning this adventure for myself! Quick question – how easy was it to find fuel canisters for your MicroRocket stove along the way, and did the stove hold up well when you were at high altitudes?

    • margaret

      Hi Morgan,

      Glad I could provide some inspiration! I actually ended up swapping my MicroRocket for an alcohol stove. I love my MicroRocket, but the fuel canisters were pretty expensive in NZ and not always available in small towns. (Plus, they’re pretty heavy.) You can buy methylated spirits for super cheap in almost every grocery store, split a bottle with another hiker, or find it in hostels along the way.

      Hope this helps! And good luck!


  3. Roger Robinson

    Hi Margret
    do you have Ball park costs of your trip excluding Kit and Airfares ?


    • margaret

      Hey Roger – sorry for the delayed response. Somehow missed your message! Are you still planning a hike – or are you hitting the trail soon? Happy to help if I can.


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