My wife and I will be in New Zealand starting in mid february and are looking for some trip ideas. We will be flying in and out of Christchurch so prefer the south island, but may consider going up to the north. Not sure how long we will stay, depends on what trips we do. We have both visited many times and done a fair amount of tramping, as well as some kayaking, but this will be our first trip with packrafts.
We are open to any suggestions. Our ideal trip would involve 1. walking on tracks, 2. staying in huts, 3. relatively mellow water (class II whitewater or less). As I said we are open to any suggestions, but one of the advantages of tramping in NZ versus here in Alaska is the great hut system and tracks.
In addition has anyone done the whanganui journey in a packraft? I have wanted to paddle it for years and figured since I was bringing the boat anyhow it would be a good opportunity. Any options there for incorporating some walking in or out, or will it just be a raft trip?