The Best Vegan Camping & Hiking Foods in New Zealand

The Best Vegan Camping & Hiking Foods in New Zealand

Emilia Westman
Venturing into the great outdoors is a thrilling escapade, but for the vegan wholefoods camper, meal planning can be a bit of a puzzle. But with a bit of creativity and some savvy packing, you can fuel your wilderness adventures with delicious and nourishing plant-based kai. From sunrise to sunset, here's a guide to the best vegan camping foods that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout your journey.

Start your day right with a comforting bowl of porridge. Ravishing Cranberry & Hemp porridge is your best bet for camping - it cooks quickly and can be easily customized with an array of toppings. Pack along some dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and nut butter for added flavour, texture, and nutritional punch. All you need is boiling water and a sturdy pot or insulated container to enjoy a warm and hearty breakfast that will fuel your outdoor adventures.

Prepare a batch of hearty lentil soup and pack it in a thermos to enjoy a warm and comforting meal on chilly hiking days. Load it up with vegetables, herbs, and spices for extra flavor and nutrition. Lentil soup is filling, hydrating, and easy to digest, making it the perfect hiking food to keep you going mile after mile.

TVP is a boon for vegan campers. Lightweight, versatile, and packed with protein, it's a great option for adding substance to your meals without the need for refrigeration. Simply rehydrate it with hot water and veggie stock, and it transforms into a satisfyingly meaty-textured ingredient perfect for stews, chili, & tacos!
Making oven roasted chickpeas at home is simple and requires minimal ingredients and effort. You can roast a large batch in advance and portion them into resealable bags or containers. Roasted chickpeas can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or used in hiking-friendly meals, adding a delicious crunch and nutritional boost to your outdoor dining experience.
A classic camping companion, trail mix is the ultimate snack for fuelling hikes, climbs, and explorations. The individual, resealable and lightweight bag is convenient to have in your pocket for munching on the trail. Trail mix provides a perfect balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates to keep you going when the going gets tough.

Are you tired of juggling multiple utensils during your outdoor adventures? Say goodbye to the hassle and hello to the ultimate camping spork - the perfect fusion of spoon, fork, and knife in one compact and versatile tool.

Camping as a vegan doesn't mean sacrificing flavour, nutrition, or convenience. So pack your gear, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to make the most of New Zealand’s beautiful nature. Happy trails and happy healthy eating!