I am looking to plan a trip to New Zealand in November (a little last minute I know, but my plans have changed). I am a 3-4 paddler and looking to paddle as much as possible. I'll be coming from the US, so I'll be looking to buy/borrow a boat in NZ and bring the rest of my gear with me.
I am trying to determined what the best way is to meet other paddlers (I am looking to paddle frequently and do multiday trips). I've been told this forum is one of the best places other than camping out in Murchison.
I am looking to pick up some work - anything from work at a kayak outfitter, outdoor outfitter, nannying, seasonal work etc... I'd really like to meet other people to paddle with so that's kind of my focus.
Should I plan on buying a van or would I be able to travel with a boat without one?
Any help and advice you have is much appreciated.