Christchurch Cactus HQ & Shop - 90 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch 8011

Opening Hours - Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm | Sat 10am-2pm

Phone - 0800 122 682 or +64 3 374 9268


Wellington Shop - 241 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6011

Opening Hours - Mon Closed | Tues-Fri 8am-5:30pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 10am-3pm

Phone - 0800 122 682 ext. 10 or direct (free call) 02825565052



Every brand out there tells its customers and prospective customers that it's the best thing since sliced bread. We've always been happy to sit back and let the legion of satisfied users who chose Cactus product sing our praises - so while normally quite modest about what we do, here's some reasons why we believe purchasing a Cactus product is a wise choice:

We've been doing this for twenty five years now, but despite this pedigree, we're still a young company run by people who spend most of their spare time in the outdoors in various different pursuits. We have an innate understanding of what works, and more importantly what doesn't, and that understanding is shown in our products - high quality items that have been crafted with care to include all the features that are important, nothing superfluous and, above all, that are more durable than anything out there in the marketplace.



Where we can, we make most of stuff in our own and independently owned factories here in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is not out of blind patriotism nor a fear of the asian manufacturing devil. No, we make most of our stuff here in NZ because it works best for a business like us. We can be more flexible, do shorter runs, have greater control over quality and we have good long standing relationships with most of our suppliers. There are times when we do have to manufacture or source offshore. This is not done to just increase margins, it’s done when we can’t get the product we need at the quality our customer expect from local manufacturers. Nothing changes with our backup and support for product sourced offshore - we still stand by it 100% as if we’d made it with our own hands.


At the heart of everything we do is fabric.... Our fabric palette is a carefully selected range we put together with quality in mind and durability as our main aim.

In some ways we are in a slightly luxurious position in this regard - as we make most of our product in New Zealand the labour component of what it costs to make a product is usually the greatest component. Thus there's no compelling reason to go down-speccing a fabric for the sake of saving a few cents here and there - relative to our major costs it isn't going to make much of a difference.

So, by way of introduction (and in hopes of a long and fruitful relationship):

  • C-Hypalon Our monolithic fabric reinforced super tough and nice to use sheet. Perhaps the strongest fabric on the planet

  • C-600N6 Light and tough multipass PU coated nylon 6 oxford. Just right for fast daypacks

  • C-Aircell A cunning 3D mesh which makes great breathable harness parts

  • C-1000N6 Still the best value for strength, tear resistance, and abrasion resistance. PU coated

  • C-Canvaswk 12oz polyester/cotton canvas with an acrylic coating. Truly wears in not out

  • C-Canvas 12oz Polyester/Cotton pack canvas - the same properties that have kept canvas relevant through the years with the added dimensional stability of polyester

  • C-MFleece Quality Italian microfibre polyester fleece. Very warm for it's weight

  • C-210N6 210 Denier Nylon 6 multipass PU coated oxford used in our light products



We are a small company. But yes we are big enough to employ a few people and we like to think we treat them with respect.

We currently employ up to 20 people in Christchurch and also use outsourced manufacturing within New Zealand. We keep most of our manufacturing in Aotearoa NZ as it just works. We're frankly not big enough to really play the global manufacturing game and we’re not sure if we want to be.


Occams razor - if it's simpler then it's probably better and function should lead form. It's all been said before but not many people seem to remember this on a daily basis. We have it tattooed into the eyelids of every staff member (not really).

Cactus had long had the following principles at the core of our design development....

  • Making a product to endure is of primary importance. We use  synthetic materials with a high embodied energy and in order to justify this energy (and your investment), our products are designed with strength as the primary driving parameter. No light weight disposable products here.

  • We aim to reduce material usage and cost through constant questioning of features, if that extra zip just isn't that useful it's not going in.

  • No processes which would hinder repair. We have a factory and staff who know how to build each product which means if you have a run in with a sabre tooth tiger and need it fixed we can do it no worries. Better to fix than throw out.

  • Always look for more friendly processes and materials.

  • We design so our products are easy to manufacture. This let’s us specify really high quality fabrics and components.



Our 'Ethical Construction' principles are something we've been working on ever since we started the outdoor clothing company. It is our pattern language for making things strong, simple and appropriate to the task.

Our aim is to design and build durable, useful products. We do this by utilising quality fabrics and components, and design sensibilities gained in over a decade of experience of their properties.

  • Internally bound seams for water resistance, added strength, and reduced wear on the seams

  • Reinforcing at high wear areas

  • High density webbing reduces buckle slippage

  • Fabrics selected for specific uses

  • YKK zips - still the best

  • Nylon duraflex buckles - light, strong, and durable

  • 1000 denier external edge binding - for strength and abrasion resistance

  • Quality woven labels

  • Reinforced eyelet construction to help stop eyelet failure

  • Double layer bases and reinforcing at the bottom of the harness on our bigger packs