Just retrned from an epic 5 week adventure down under. The West Coast has been seeing plenty of rain so the murchinson, west coast, and fiordland paddling is going off. Make sure to bring plenty of funds for heli-trips because the exchange rate is just killing the american dollar right now. Or, do what the locals do and hike the heli-runs. (only reccommended if you're used to shouldering your boat for 10+ miles of muddy steep track!). Whatever you do, get amongst it. There's some of the best paddling in the world down there.