Our founders Che and Richard needed gear that was superior to their other hiking, hunting, and outdoor gear. Rakaia Designs was first thought of on the trail in well-known backpacking destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand.
While raising two young kids and working as an environmental scientist, Che worked at night for years perfecting the Rakaia Designs gear. His focus?
Finding the best materials and developing the most functional designs with an unlimited warranty for our customers.
During this time both founders discovered they were “too busy” and lost their focus for the trail. That had to stop and they both had to re-evaluate, which lead to planning, strategizing and taking action to reconnect with their beloved outdoors again.
Today they are focused on getting other busy backpackers back on the trail, making and taking the time to test innovative gear in rugged places just like Rakaia National Park pictured above, so they are ready for you.