NZ Newbie looking for advice / paddlers

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Recently arrived in New Zealand and planning to stay for the next 3 months. Keen to hook up with other boaters wherever possible. Looking to warm up on Gr 3-4 rivers. Currently around Rotorua with no definate plans ( aside from getting our van to a mechanic). Any suggestions as to where we be good to hang out over X-mas?

Don't have regular internet access so if your keen for some boating drop me a text on
0220426504

Sara