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Hanmer Springs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

With just one full day and night left in New Zealand, we made tracks back towards Christchurch. But we had been told of a small place inland of Christchurch called Hanmer Springs. Unsure of exactly what to expect, we decided to give it a visit.

And a good thing we did.

The drive from Westport to Hanmer Springs via Lewis Pass was nothing short of magical. Many times I wished I had my black car instead of an automatic Toyota Corolla, but then I remembered that Maria gets carsick if you take curves at high speed. Then I still wished I had my black car :)

Hanmer Springs is a resort town, a popular weekend getaway for Christchurch residents. But during the week it is less visited. We quickly chose a pleasant hotel a short walk from the springs complex, and spent the day soaking in a variety of hot pools.

But don’t worry, there was something for everyone, even the littlest of us…

Punakaiki, Charleston and Westport

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The photo below does not do justice to the spectacular geological formation that is the ‘Pancake Rocks’ at Punakaiki. You just have to go see it yourself.

And - if you want to be tacky and cliche - have some pancakes while you’re there :)

In Westport, we stayed in a B&B with a super friendly couple and spent the evening sharing stories with them. But we couldn’t sit still for long, as it was time for yet another adventure:

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

The west coast of New Zealand’s south island is one of the wettest places in the world. It is also one fo the few places anywhere that you will find glaciers reaching down through rainforest almost to seal level.