I'll be coming to New Zealand October 10-17 to attend a conference in Christchurch. I want to stay for a week afterwards to do some paddling. From what I have heard and read Murchison is the place to be for paddling but I also realze that October is early spring in NZ. I am a class II-III boater and have only been boating for 3 months, but this is a chance of a lifetime for me and I would like to make the best of it. Can anyone recommend places to rent equipment and boats. Also would anyone be willing to show me some rivers that early in the season? Have a great day.