So we have some time to kill today due to a small boat issue so I thought i would write.  We are currently on the West Coast of the South Island in a town called Hokitika, we have had alot of rain over the last 1.5 weeks and today is the first time we have seen the sun in a while.

 We arrived in Christchurch Monday two weeks ago, with no obvious way of getting our boats away from the airport we hired a car with roofracks (which all companies seem to be able to provide due to the number of skiiers that come over) and drove into town, with in a couple of hours we had bought a little green van.  A little stuffing around in Christchurch getting some roof racks sorted for it and we were off towards Murchison, about 3 hours away.

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Just out of Murchsion we checked out Maruia falls, I wasn’t keen to run it straight of the bat but Nick was, so off he went, after he ran it twice I was up.¬† The water hits you pretty hard and I was left a little sore but I hope to do it again and get a photo of me (Nick wasn’t so great with the timing).

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Once in Murchison we did quite a few runs, mostly on the Buller River, which is a big volume river that is runnable pretty much year round.¬† The sections we did are the Granity Creek Run, O’Sulivans and the Earthquake section.¬† The Earthquake section has an amazing wave train on one of the rapids and a sweet surf wave at the take out, the wave is 5 minutes walk from the main road so you can easily park and play there, which we did quite a few times.¬† A playboat is definatly the boat of choice for the Murchison area.

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Now we are on the west coast the rivers are much more technical, some still large volume, but a creek boat certainly the choice here.  Photos from around this area another time.

 Alex.