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Old 12-21-2015   #1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Rafting New Zealand

My wife and I will be spending sometime in New Zealand in Feb. and March 2016 and would like to do some rafting. Does anybody have any suggestions on outfitters? I would like to actually like rent a boat and do some class 3-4 runs on our own. Any idea or suggestions if any outfitters rent a do it yourself package?

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Old 12-26-2015   #2
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You may want to bring vaseline! El nino also has the land of the long white cloud in its awsum grip! Rivers giving a Gd 4 ride at that time of year may be few and far between.
The best "outfitter" as you guys call it, is River valley in central North island,they also have the range to offer of Gd 3/thru 5,but as i said water will be on its knees and they will probably have gone down to I/K,s by then. Rent Hire is almost non existant, there are only 9 kats in the country and i have 2 of them! I do have a 11ft self bailer that you could borrow,providing you are a downright good bloke! {Thats Kiwi for Man} and i would suggest the Buller at top of the South island,as it will still be mildly wet...Just pm me when you are close to arriving and we will help out as best we can.
Andy..and Kyna Blenheim NZ.

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