Hamner Springs

Trip Start Nov 09, 2005
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Trip End Mar 01, 2006


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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Ah, Hamner. The most touristy place in New Zealand's south island so far!! But never the less it's beautiful. Lots of mountain scenery and a lovely drive up here. The town is perched halfway up the mountain side, so it's a bit chilly but the air feels really clean and fresh! It's was raining when we first got here-surprisingly, so we decided to do the springs the next day which turned out to be a good idea! The next day it was beautiful and sunny so we got up early and headed off before it got too busy. The pools have been in use for over 100 years and the Maori's call them Waitapu, which means sacred waters. There are lots of different types of mineral pools, as well as sulpher pools and a 25m swimming pool!! The temperatures vary from about 42 degrees to about 25 degrees. We tried the 40, and then stuck at about 36/37 degrees which was nice and relaxing! Tried the sulpher pool but it smelled too bad to stay in there for too long!
Once we'd had enough we headed out of the town a little and did the conical hill walk, which is a little track up the side of the mountains that takes you to a really nice look out point where you can see all across the valley. It only takes about half an hour, but walking down is a lot quicker than walking up there!!!
After we'd done the walk, we headed back to the car and we were off again-this time to Blenheim which would be our stop off before we got up to the Marlborough Sounds.
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