I'd greatly appreciate some advice. I'm no lightweight expert, but I'd certainly like to pack less rather than more for an upcoming 3month trip to New Zealand, followed by 3 mo in Asia.
I'll definitely be bringing some form of shelter/tent. I've got a very beaten REI 2 person tent I could bring, but it is fairly bulky and heavy. Its a great tent if two are splitting the bulk/weight, but i'll likely be doing some solo stuff. If I find hiking partners with other tents or end up in the huts frequently, its something i could definitely jettison for the rest of my RTW travels. Alternatively, I could invest in a lighter, smaller 1person ( possibly tarptent) for the trip as a back up for full huts. I'd rather not go the bivy and tarp route, as i am more comfortable using them and they offer bug protection. It'd be nice to have something that is fine for one and (very) tight for two. I'd prefer not to spend lots, but will if its going to make life much better.
Any advice on tents or other super necessary gear for NZ would be greatly appreciated!