Hi - I'm having a question day today it feels like!!
Right - Walking boots! I am only planning on really doing any length of walking when I go to Ayers Rocks for my Oz leg of the trip however .... most of the tours through NZ look like they are quiet 'active' shall we say so do you think it is worth getting a pair of decent walking boots?
I wasn't planning on taking them however the Ayers Rock tour recommends ankle high walking boots - I was just thinking of trainers. I'm conscious of the extra weight and room they will take for what might possibly be on 3 days on Oz and the odd day in NZ .... what do you girls think?
I went to Ayer's Rock a couple of years ago, and I wore Doc Martin's hiking boots. And believe me, I'm glad I didn't wear sneakers. The red dust gets into everything, and I do mean everything. My white socks had lovely red streaks in them. If you wear them on the plane (take them off once aircraft takes off) you won't be carrying extra weight.
But hiking boots, not walking boots, there's a difference. The cleat sole makes walking easier and it's actually more comfortable. And you can wear them at home in lieu of sneakers so they won't go to waste.
Good luck and have a good trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 29, 2008, at 12:22 AM by Whistler 2 ]
Hey, I have to say I disagree, I did various hikes for three days or so around that area, the Olgas, Kings Canyon etc, and I did it in my trainers, and it was totally fine. You don't really hike around Ayers Rock itself anyway, it's just a base walk, unless you're planning on climbing it, I dunno what you need to wear for that, but you shouldn't climb it anyway as the Aboriginal community request that you don't.
But anyway, yep I did it all with trainers cos I didn't want the extra cost / weight of hiking boots, and it was totally fine.
NZ on the other hand, I would probably recommend boots for, but again, only if you're planning on doing some really massive long hikes, or if you're going there in winter and you don't want your feet to get wet in trainers