Rachel Stewart is an influential outdoor photographer and educator, based in the beautiful North Island of New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. Her love of the outdoors and stunning landscape shots have gained her a large following (she has nearly 250k followers on Instagram alone!) Rach shared with WAE what she packs for her overnight hikes when she’s shooting.

Camera Gear

  • Canon 5D Mk IV
  • Canon 16-35 F2.8 Mk III
  • Tamron 70-200 F2.8
  • Canon 50mm 1.8
  • Nisi Filters
  • Manfrotto i90go carbon fibre tripod
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Spare batteries
  • Memory Cards

Rachel Stewart, Backpack article, Mt Stokes, outdoor photography


  • Kathmandu Torch
  • Kathmandu Merino Gloves
  • Kathmandu Merino base layer
  • Eddie Bauer Puff Jacket
  • Beanie

Food & Cooking

  • Muesli Bars
  • Almonds
  • Water
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cooker
  • Gas
  • Backcountry Meals
  • Chocolate

If you’re interested in learning more with Rach, grab a ticket for her upcoming Adventure Photography Weekend workshop on March 9 & 10th, hosted by We Are Explorers and Kathmandu. The trip will be exploring and photographing the world famous Tongariro National Park in the central North Island.

We’re running a second adventure photography workshop on the South Island from the 23rd to the 24th of March with New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer Talman Madsen.

We Are Explorers is partnering with Kathmandu to present the Hike Club Series! Find an adventure, sign up and get psyched — they’re a one-way ticket to experiencing the outdoors in ways you never imagined.


Check out some more tips and ideas

How To Pack A Backpack Like A Boss

Olivia Page’s 5 Tips For Original Outdoor Photography

5 Reasons For An Overnight Adventure

The Barriers To Getting Outside (And How To Hurdle Them!)