Yeah its much the same down here in chch. I went to every store.. And only fond a handful of rods. I ended up getting some of the Abu Garcia rods.
2 surfcasters pretty light.. but for $17.
2 1.8m boat rods. $16 each and a larger 2.1m Abu boat rod for $7!!
They all had fuji eyes and reel seats, a single eye alone retails for just under $10 at most shops.
I figure if I break them I cant complain at such a cheap price
Oh and Dad was in blenheim so he got a couple of Abu baitrunner sets. $170 each down to $35 each.
It will be interesting to see if they replace them with a new range of gear or not.. and if it is any good.