Hi there, tena koutou,
I'll be visiting the southern islands From February 11 - March 31, 2017 and hoping to get some kayaking done. I'm looking for someone interested in joining me, since many of the kayak hire places will not rent out to a solo paddler.
The first goal is Stewart Island, where I propose to kayak across Paterson Inlet (one day), walk the Southern Circuit and paddle back to Oban from Freshwater Hut.
After that I want to do the Dusky Track from south to north, and paddle back across Lake Manapouri (two days).
In March the top end of the South Island (Queen Charlotte/Abel Tasman) is on the programme.
In addition to my day job I am a kayak instructor at my university's sports club, so even a novice would be welcome, but you will have to do your own walking (and swimming if necessary).
Contact me here on the forum or via facebook where I am lee.traynor.9.