I’ve just moved to Harihari, a small town 70km South of Hokitika. There’s a great packrafting river (Wanganui) just up the road (5kms) which is an awesome day trip (or longer if you’re experienced) and even boasts natural hot pools. I’ve got a spare room if any packrafters are passing through and are keen for a place to crash, or to store some gear while you head away on a mission.
I’m also keen to be contacted if people are planning any trips and looking for people to join. At the moment I’m teaching in the local area school so I have weekends off and chunks of time in April, July, October and Dec/Jan.