Originally Posted by tk
Just pulled the trigger on a ticket to New Zealand to the South Island. Where are the best place to meet up with other boaters and suggestions for camping, hostels, and transportation around as economically as possible.
Check out this forum:
and then search for the thread about the Buller and Wairau concerning didymo algae. Big problem there. Buller is closed to fishing, I'm pretty sure, and it may be closed to boating also. At least you may not be able to boat elsewhere after Buller or Wairau as they are big time against transporting the algae to other rivers.
PS I did a flyfishing trip to the S Island a couple years ago for 2 months. Have all sortsof maps, books, atlas of NZ, car rental flyers, an imovie about the trip, etc.
If you're in the Denver area and would like to see any of this stuff, email me or just post back here with your email.
Buying / Selling a vehicle at a hostel or ??? may be the cheapest way but at least second best and most ideal is getting a sleeper van. If the boats can be carried on top, this gives you accommodations/transportation and total freedom of movement. You can camp anywhere you want, no sweat, and/or in holiday parks.
I went through Hardy Cars in Nelson for the van for $55 NZ/day, bed in the back. Used it for 54 of the 56 nights I was there. Great. They will bring the van to Christchurch. I had it reserved by early Nov. They are in short supply of those type vehicles so if you're interested, check it out now.
If you have never been there, you will totally flip out at how unbelievably spectacular it is. The rivers are totally stupendous. The area around Murchison is unreal. The West Coast area where Hokitika is located is surrealistic.
You will have a mindset change, without question. Have a great time and be sure to get a Tip Top ice cream in every town you go to.
Mango sherbet is the best, imho.