Im looking at heading over to NZ for a year in early November, buying a van and hanging out on the west coast until my money runs out. Then moving to Christchurch to try and pick up some work (web/graphic design).
Got a couple of questions...
-Ill be on my own so is there enough of a boating scene on the west coast for me to hook up with other paddlers, or might i be struggling to find people to paddle with mid week etc?
-Are there any other areas I should consider, that are better for meeting up with other boaters?
-Is Christchurch the best city to base from, for both getting freelance design work (or @!#$ shovelling if im unlucky!) and access to decent 4/5 rivers, or would I be better heading to somewhere in the north island?
-Is it possible to drive to the west coast and back from Christchurch for a weekend? or is this way to far???
any info would be great,
Cheers in advance