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I'm planning a paddling trip for this spring/summer/late summer for the South Island. I was wondering when the best time to plan for is. Is late spring/early summer to early (Nov/Dec), is it too cool this time of yr, is the run off too high on the west coast? Would Dec/Jan be too crowded and not enough runoff to creek on the west coast? Will suff be up around the rest of the S. Island in Jan and Feb? I'm more interested in running rivers and creeking while here. So I want to catch the west coast and the rest of the S. Island, any suggestions?