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Old 02-10-2011   #1
 
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New Zealand-dry top or splash top?

So I get to study abroad in New Zealand next semester (read, climb and kayak while pretending to study).

Anyone know how the summer-fall kayaking temps over there are? i.e. splash or dry top?

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Depends on where you will be, I had plenty of days this summer- Dec-Jan where all I paddled in was a thermal layer, but that being said it rains a lot and a dry top is nice for doing some of the colder runs. If you are coming to the south island, definitely bring a drytop but if you are in the north most of the time and doing Wairoa/Kaituna a lot, the water and the days can be warm.
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Dressing too warm is a nice problem to have. You can always brace, or roll to cool off. As someone who's worn his fleece and dry suit when he didn't need to, I can attest to that.
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Where are you studying at? I was at Lincoln Uni in Christchurch last semester. You definitely want to bring a drytop if not a drysuit. Not too many boaters at Lincoln, but Canterbury and Otago have phenomenal clubs. Another recommendation I can give you is to go with a friend who has the same travel/boating goals and interests as you so you can split a car and other costs while always having someone to boat with. This was my greatest regret, I still got heaps of quality boating in but not nearly what I had anticipated.
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You're gonna wanna go to the West Coast, South Island and when you get there, you'll want a dry top.
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I was in Rotorua (Kaituna, Wairoa) last year. Spring (sept/oct) was pretty cold up there, dry top was key. Once the summer hits its Nipples to the Ripples on the Kaituna.
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Drytop. If it's hot wear a t-shirt. And Joe's right. West Coast South Island please. Take me back.
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Not to thread hijack or anything,
but...
You are all welcome down here in Christchurch anytime, 3 hours to the coast and the beach out my back door!
Joe, Evan, when you boys gonna pull your shit together and book some flights?
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I'm coming. Next Christmas/new years. My lady sez: we ain't spend a x-mas together yet, why start now. I'm starting to watch tix prices. Can't wait!
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