Angela Hook is the TOP DOG at a company called D-Fa in Wanaka, NZ on the South Island. (visit www.D-Fa.com
). Her brother Dave and sister in law Claire are avid whitewater folks and could possibly help you with where to go, who to boat with, perhaps places to get gear etc. Dave and Clare live in Hokitika and are both very expert class V whitewater kayakers (Clare NZ Representative in Woman's Slalom, Dave was NZ Kayaker of the Year last year) and would also be very keen to meet folks from Colorado or the U.S. in general. They also own NZ Kayaking School I believe.
Go through Angela and tell her Patty and Bart from Golden River Sports in Golden, Colorado sent you. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
. Right now she is at the Outdoor Retailer convention in Utah, but she will be back in NZ next week.