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Southern 1 Day Park Walk

What to bring

What to bring (day trip)

We recommend a small day pack, with the following items:

  • Extra clothing. New Zealand weather is renowned for providing four seasons in one day so quick-dry thermal fabrics are best
  • Sun protection. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential in all weather. We enjoy the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on cloudy days
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Swimwear and towel (optional)
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch. If it has not been ordered the day before you travel, please bring your own
  • Camera. Remember to check the batteries!
  • Hand sanitiser. No hand wipes or paper tissues/towels please. They create litter and clog the toilet systems.
  • Walking poles are recommended for stability on uphill and downhill sections. Damage caused by recent storms is still under repair, so some short sections are not up to Great Walk standard.

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Lunch options
Picnic Lunches

For a delicious picnic lunch prepared for you and delivered to the boat, or to your kayak guide, please give us your order by 5 pm the night before your trip. Standard, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free/Vegan options available.

Classic picnic lunch (NZ$27 per person)

  • Fresh Baked Baquette Roll
  • Salad Bowl - with sliced smoked or roast chicken & swiss cheese (marinated Tempeh slices for vegan/vegetarian options)
  • Blueberry Muffin (Blueberry Chocolate Brownie for GF option)
  • Vegan Chocolate Bar
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Crisp Apple
  • Aioli & Dairy-Free Spread Portions
  • Wooden Cutlery Set, Napkin and Carry Bag
Onboard Menu

The Vista Cruise has a selection of hot and cold drinks (including beer and wine), ice creams, snacks and light meals. Click through to the Vista Cruise Menu.

Other Lunch Options

You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Takeaway food is available at the Kaiteriteri departure point. Please allow extra time to choose your lunch. The shop can be busy when boats are departing.

There is one public restaurant/cafe in the park at Awaroa Lodge, open during the summer months. Please book directly with them by phoning 03 528 8758.

Classic Kiwi Barbecue

Click here for details of barbecue lunches available in the park.

What to wear walking

We enjoy glorious weather, summer and winter. Temperatures can be crisp in the mornings and cool in late afternoon with summer sea breezes. Bring a warm layer of wool or polar fleece and a light rain jacket to ensure your comfort.

Wear quick-dry, loose fitting clothing. You are walking beside the sea, so might have to roll up trousers and remove shoes for short tidal crossings.

The coastal track is well formed and mostly shaded by native forest. The track winds over headlands (max. elevation 150 metres - 500 feet) and comes down onto golden-sand beaches fringed by lush native forest and sheltered azure waters - ideal for swimming.

Walking poles are recommended for stability on uphill and downhill sections.

Not recommended: Cotton clothing (especially denim) is very heavy and cold if it gets wet. It takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best e.g. polypropylene, polarfleece, wool.

Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are recommended for stability on uphill and downhill sections.They assist with balance, and relieve pressure on knee and ankle joints.

Damage caused by recent storms is still under repair, so some short sections are not up to Great Walk standard.