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Hiking Shoes

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Hiking Shoes

Okay just one more attire question! Plan on doing a lot of walking, maybe some very short hikes if I can get my husband to come along; are hiking boots necessary or are a good pair of tennis shoes sufficient? Really I have traveled but it's been awhile and the last 5 years have been mainly Hawaii and Samoa, warm and humid climates, easy packing. Am taking a good pair of water/walking shoes (Jags).

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Tennis shoes will be fine.

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You won't need full hiking boots on most of the shorter day walks, these are only necessary for the most part if you are doing an overnight hike - or one of the longer day hikes such as the Tongariro crossing. But sometimes the tracks can get a bit wet and muddy of course, so you need a show with a decent sole, and one that you won't be too upset to see gt a bit wet and muddy at the end of the day.

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Whatever shoes you decide to bring with you, remember to give then a good clean before your arrival to comply with NZ's strict biosecurity regulations.

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Waterproof Merrel low cut walking shoes or similar will be fine. It is only on the longer/steeper walks that you could use ankle support.


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I also like Merrell or similar with good tread. Ankle support is important if you are doing the longer, full day or steep walks like Avalanche Peak or the Tongariro Crossing.

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I do most of my summer hiking in trail runners these days, even on multi-day trips. If you are wearing shoes rather than boots on a track that has lots of scree/shingle, puttees or gaiters to keep it out of your shoes are handy.

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They really do check your shoes! We used an old toothbrush and got them clean.

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