West Coast season end

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Hi. When does the most reliable West Coast season end, please?
Put another way, is it relatively reliable enough to plan a visit in February or is the water likely to be more reliable in January and too unreliable in February?

Also, are there still enough other boaters around in February for it to be reasonably easy to hook up with other paddlers then, for the West Coast rivers?

I appreciate the info before I might book a long flight from Europe to come visiting with my paddle...

THANKS.

Ralph

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The water levels are good all year round (heli runs if low, plenty other runs if high) but will be harder to find people to paddle with on the west coast by February. January is the busiest time of year but this year was quiet with only a couple of groups at the Hokitika camp ground.

tom_b's picture

The water levels are good all year round (heli runs if low, plenty other runs if high) but will be harder to find people to paddle with on the west coast by February. January is the busiest time of year but this year was quiet with only a couple of groups at the Hokitika camp ground.