Our story started in Aotearoa.

New Zealand is written deep in our DNA. It’s where Kathmandu started over 30 years ago.

Its incredible wilderness is what first sparked our passion for the outdoors.

We started a simple belief.

Outside is where we live our best lives.

It liberates us, challenges us, revives us, surprises us.

We are meant to be amongst it. It was this belief that drove us to design our first fleece jacket over thirty years ago.

It’s what has driven us to help more people get out there in the decades since.

At Kathmandu our purpose is to improve the wellbeing of the world through the outdoors.

We’ve always known that the outdoors is transformative.

When we spend time out there our stress goes down, our empathy goes up, we become more creative and we feel happier. And that means we act differently.

Nature makes us more happy, and open, and free, and fun.

It’s a beautiful truth, and we’re here to celebrate it.

‘We’re out there’ is the spirit and attitude of all of us at Kathmandu.

We’re on a mission to get more people ‘out there’ in nature because we know that it changes your brains for the better.

Nature gives you the warm fuzzies and we want you to experience it with us.

Designed. Tested. Adapted. Right here in New Zealand.

For over 30 years we have designed our gear to take on the rugged landscapes of our homeland and to outfit the adventurous spirit of our people. Our apparel is expertly designed for both travel and outdoor adventure so that you can pack less and do more.

Explore 30 Years of Adventure


Best for People and Planet.

As the largest Australasian retailer to become a Certified B Corporation, we act with people and planet in mind. Sustainability lies at the heart of what we do, from the materials we use to the people who help us create our products. You can find out more about our sustainability goals and initiatives at our Sustainability hub.

Sustainability at Kathmandu

Who are we?

We’re adventurers, explorers and travellers – every one of us – with a passion to inspire adventure in our communities. From our in-store teams to our brand ambassadors, athletes and Summit Club members, we share a passion for enjoying and protecting the outdoors.  


Who we are