Post Restante

Along the trail I’ll be using a ‘bounce box’ as described in the logistics section. Basically it’s a box of supplies & gear that I send ahead to myself to collect on the way in order to keep weight down. To do this I will be using New Zealand Post’s ‘Poste Restante’ service and will be regularly hitting up post offices in major centres to pick it up. Anyway, you can keep in contact with me or send packages using the same service if you like. The odd hand written note with words of encouragement, letters, postcards or surprise care packages will be well received and are sure to keep my motivation up. Just shoot me a quick email ( to let me know which post office to stop by. Keep track of this blog to gauge where I am at any point along the way to ensure you leave enough postage time. Note: A couple of the mail drop points on the South Island use standard post and not the Poste Restante service.

Address anything like this: Name, Post Restante, Town, Postcode, Country.

For example:

Mick Beckers

Poste Restante

Levin 5510

New Zealand

The main towns and post office addresses that offer this service in order that I’ll walk through are:

North Island

  • Paihia, 2 Willams Road, 0200
  • Auckland, Ground Floor Bledisloe Bldg, 24 Wellesley Street, 1010
  • Hamilton, Waikato Box Lobby, 536 Anglesea Street, 3204
  • Taumaruni, 47 Miriama Street, 3920
  • Wanganui, 115 Victoria Street, 4500
  • Palmertston North, 328 Church Street, 4410
  • Wellington, 2 Manners Street, 6011

South Island

  • Picton, 72 High Street, 7720
  • St Arnaud (not poste restante) c/o Alpine Lodge, 74 Main Road, St Arnaud, 7072
  • Arthurs Pass (not poste restante) c/o YHA, West Coast Road, Arthurs Pass Village, 7654
  • Lake Tekapo (not poste restante) c/o YHA, 3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo, 7945
  • Wanaka, 39 Ardmore Street, 9305
  • Queenstown, 13 Camp Street, 9300
  • Invercargill (The Finish Line!!!), 51 Don Street, 9810

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