New Zealand is famous for having ‘4 seasons in one day’ which means that the weather can drastically change from one minute to the next. You can wake up to clear blue skies in the morning, run from a rain storm at midday, be back in your singlet in the afternoon and then be freezing cold at night. Although this is all part of the ‘Kiwi’ experience, this kind of changing weather can be a little bit of a challenge for the style conscious and packing for a holiday to New Zealand does require a little bit of forward thinking.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your suitcase:
New Zealanders are very relaxed and their dress sense is super casual. In Summer, most people walk around in shorts and flip-flops, and in Winter Ugg boots are a pretty common sight. Most places don’t have a ‘dress code’ especially in rural areas so unless you’re planning on spending a lot of time in Auckland or Wellington (where people definitely dress smarter) and on going out a lot I really wouldn’t worry about packing any glamorous outfit. A little black dress will take you everywhere, as will dressed-up jeans.
Below is what I would suggest you pack for a trip of 7 days or more. Of course, everyone has their own style and personal requirements so feel free to adapt the list as you wish. The key really is to pick clothes that you can layer and to stick to a color palette that will make mix and matching easy.
The only things I would definitely recommend you pack are a cardigan and a jacket with a hood, because trust me, it will get cold and rain at some point…
- One pair of jeans
- One pair of shorts (replace with another pair of pants if traveling in winter)
- One little black dress
- One skirt (or another dress)
- One pair of leggings or tights
- Five tops (a singlet, a long sleeve top, a going out top, a tee and a tunic)
- One cardigan (it’s a good idea to carry it in your bag whenever you can)
- One sweater (New Zealand is famous for its Merino wool so you could always buy a jumper there if you’d prefer)
- One jacket (preferably with a hood)
- One swimsuit
- One pair of pajamas
- 7 pairs of underwear
- One slip to wear under your dress or skirt (for those windy days)
- One or two pairs of socks
+ a trekking outfit if you plan on partaking in some outdoor activities
NB. Your man will still need a nice pair of shoes to get into nice restaurants or nightclubs.
Three pairs of shoes should be more than enough for a short holiday but I know many of you will not agree with me on this point -)
- Cute flats (or flip flops)
- Walking shoes
- Make up essentials (again this will depend on how much you intend on going out and which cities you’re traveling to but I find that simple make up is always easier to manage on holiday)
- Sunscreen (the sun in New Zealand can be pretty dangerous so make sure to slap some sunscreen every morning). I once took a long midday walk in Auckland without any sunscreen and I was so sunburnt than I stayed bright red for a week and could only bare to take cold showers. Not fun.
- Travel sized shampoo, soap, toothpaste, insect repellent etc, although you could also buy everything on site as these things are readily available in New Zealand.
- Phone & charger
- Camera & charger
- An international power plug