Camping gear list

Yakity Yak Camping Gear List 

Please read this information carefully and let us know if you have any questions. 

Yakity Yak frequently camps in the wilderness where there is no road access. Weather conditions can vary from hot to cold, wet to dry, and windy to calm. Conditions can be extreme, please pack accordingly. In winter we may "cabin camp" by hiring cottages in camp grounds. Knowing you have a dry place on a cold night is a wonderful thing.

Below you will find sections on:
Camping passes
Camping Gear

Camping Passes
It is only $65 per year per adult for an Auckland City Council Regional Parks pass that will allow you to camp in any of the camps all year around (there are a few restrictions). The pass runs for a full year, starting 1 Sept. $65 is equal to about 8 days or three long weekends. Kayakers can't always arrive at the booked camp because of weather conditions and AC is flexible about this.
The URL below was correct at 12/03/16.

Each day will end with a debriefing and planning for the next day where everyone will be able to voice their ideas and a consensus as to the progression of the next day’s paddle will be agreed. This usually occurs over dinner.

For shared meals everyone is expected to pitch in and help with food preparation, cooking, cleaning up and other group chores.

When it comes to packing your kayak, the day hatch is a useful place to put food that squashes easily. All other small objects (like cans and bottles) will end up distributed throughout the boat filling in gaps between larger items.



  • Dehydrated or canned mains are useful for own dinners. Frozen meats work for shared meals



  • Custard and fruit salad, pancakes, chocolate pudding are all viable.

  • Porridge
  • Cereal
  • Fruit salad
  • Bacon & eggs


  • Soup
  • Coffee
  • Bread-crackers-damper
  • Tea
  • Tomato
  • Milo
  • Cheese
  • Sugar
  • Cucumber
  • Milk (powdered)
  • Carrot
  • Salami
  • Lettuce
  • Tinned fish
  • Beetroot
  • Mayo
  • Spreads; Peanut butter, jam, honey, vegemite
  • Fritters
Snacks Pre Dinner Snacks
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits
  • Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Patè
  • Take any extra snacks you may need, supply your own beer, wine etc

Suggested Gear List

Paddling Gear

  • Kayak
  • Snacks
  • Personal medication in a dry bag
  • Suitable clothing for the trip e.g. first layer tops, bottoms and hot head beanies
  • Footwear for in boat (soft dive boots)
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency pack
  • Food
  • Torch
  • Repair kit
  • TMP
  • Compass
  • Split paddle
  • Spare food
  • Fire-lighting equipment
  • The ability to produce warm drinks
  • Visibility equipment to attract attention
  • Throw ropes x 2 (required for river trips only)
  • Pin kit (required for river trips only) 
  • Spare warm clothing (in a dry bag)
  • Suitable warm clothing ready for after the activity
  • Spray Deck
  • Split paddle
  • PFD must be worn at all times while on water except in a supervised swimming pool
  • Whistle attached to PFD
  • Pump
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (preferably with UV protection and on a strap)
  • Paddle shorts
  • Paddle Jacket
  • Water
  • Sun Block & Lip Block
  • Paddling gloves
  • Helmets are to be worn when required, especially while surfing or in white water grade two and above
  • 20m throw bag (compulsory for river trips)
  • ***Don’t wear cotton as it becomes very cold when wet

Camping Gear

  • Tent
  • Tarp or fly with ropes and pegs for a front porch or to keep the dew off your tent
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Sleeping mat
  • Thermo-rest or similar
  • Small pillow
  • Camp chair (as small as possible)
  • Torch or Head Torch & Spare batteries (preferably with a red option so as not to blind others in the group and for kiwi watching).
  • Towel, soap, toothbrush etc
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer (compulsory – sometimes there is none supplied!)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Plate, bowl, mug, cutlery
  • Mini stove
  • Pots and pans
  • Matches/lighter
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Pan scrubber/sponge
  • Thermos
  • Drinks – wine, beer etc.


  • Leaders and members must carry two forms of electronic communications and safety equipment for the activity:
A cell phone charged and in a waterproof bag that protects it while in use
A VHF or Mountain Radio, where a service is obtainable through repeater stations etc. and where other vessels/operators that use radio can be summoned to assist.
Sat-phone, if cell-phone, VHF or mountain radio coverage to enable immediate communication where practicable
All groups must carry suitable flares for the planned activity
  • Map (Whanganui River Guide is $12). Marine chart are available online from LINZ.
  • Pack of cards, Book, Game
  • Camera
  • Credit card (for anything from ice creams after the trip to water taxis because the weather has gone foul).


You will need two sets of clothing. A wet set for on water. A dry warm set for off water.

Off water for use in camp and if the weather turns cold.

  • Set(s) of polypro (top & leggings)
  • Fleece or woolen mid-layer
  • Fleece or woolen top-layer
  • Woolen/fleece Beanie
  • Thermal gloves
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat & waterproof trousers
  • Socks and underwear
  • Walking shoes (if treking. jandles or gumboots for camp)
  • Pegs and rope for drying stuff
  • Ear plugs in case of snoring neighbours
  • Hot water bottle (optional)

First Aid / Emergency Kit for multi-day trips

  • Personal Medication
  • Pocket knife or Multi-tool
  • Waterproof Sticking Plasters
  • Roll Sticking Plaster (wide)
  • Crepe Bandage
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Sterile Dressings
  • Scissors (sharp)
  • Needle
  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Pain Relief Tablets
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Antiseptic solution or cream
  • Paper and pencil (not pen)
  • Survival Blanket or Bag (compulsory)
  • Duct tape (compulsory)
  • Replacement Rudder cable or cord

Please note the above list is not guaranteed to be complete!! It is a guide only, please use your initiative If you think of something that is missing, please tell me and I will amend it for next time.

Regarding clothing – we suggest

  • one set of wet gear for on the water and wear that every day. It is nice to have a dry set of undies/togs to put on each day if you can fit them in.

  • one set of clothing to wear in camp (+ extra underwear)
  • one extra set of camp clothes in case it gets wet or cold (and it can get very wet and cold, be prepared). Thermal gear holds far less moister than woolen. 
  • emergency set of polyprops in your emergency kit

Anything that needs to stay dry must be packed into dry bags. A number of small dry bags are better than one large one. Recommended maximum size is 20 litres but realistically there is only room for one in each of the big hatches. Pack small dry-bags around these.

It is useful to have at least one (or one per hatch) carry all bag that you can load from and to. This keeps the contents of you hatch organised, makes it easy to carry to and from camp, and reduces the amount of grass/sand that goes into the hatches. Have spare rubbish bags and shopping bags on hand too. The will probably get used and squish away into minute spaces.

Please note – it is important that you do a trial pack of your kayak to ensure that you can fit everything in – it is no good finding out at the departure point that you have too much stuff. If you find that a bundle or bag is too big to fit in you may have to split the contents and reshape them to fit. Tents often fit in when the fly is rolled separately from the inner, particularly if they are made long and thin to fill the more difficult narrow spaces in the bow and stern.

Please note

No one will be allowed on a trip if they do not have
Personal first aid kit with personal medication as required. A 20 meter a throw rope in a bag
is our minimum rescue equipment for rivers. Adequate warm clothing and camping equipment.

All trips are run by leaders who will be able to advise on packing your boat.

Looking forward to a fun trip with, fun kayaking, sunny skies, full bellies and lots of laughter.

The spice of life!



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