Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Hanmer Springs

The children just had two weeks of holiday. As a treat Mayke and her friend went with us to Hanmer Springs, about 1 1/2 hours till 2 hours (when I would drive) from Christchurch. It was a fantastic day and afterwards we went to an Indian restaurant.
We were going to do the waterfall track but couldn't reach it because of logging. We couldn't have walked this steep track anyway I think because to our surprise there was a lot of snow on the mountains. We took another path It was slippery but fun and beautiful. I loved the crackling sound of the snow under my feet.
The thermal pools are in the centre of Hanmer. It is a delight after a long walk to soak in one of the many hot pools The one we were in most of the time was 37 degrees
You can have a swim as well but that was a bit to freezing in the middle of winter


This bridge is just before Hanmer. If you feel like bungee jumping or jet boating you are on the right place here.

26 comments:

  1. Great post, marvelous shots! Does look chilly though! The thermal pool is just my kind of thing! Have a great week!

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  2. The thermal pools sound heavenly. Thanks for sharing this trip with us.

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  3. Great shots. Looks like a beautiful place for a vacation.

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  4. Termal Water is good!!
    Beautiful report and shots.

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  5. Snow while I'm in the middle of the Summer! This is so unbelievable for me! And it's a second one this My World Tuesday.

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  6. Nice to see snow when it is so hot here...thanks so much for visiting me....

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  7. Lovely place! It's hard to imagine your world being cold right now... :-)

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  8. How lovely! Hanmer was the first place we visited when we came to Christchurch in Feb. I'd love to see it in the snow! And to sit cosily in the thermal pools - bliss. Was the drive up there easy going in the snow? Do you know if the road stays passable through the winter (say August)?

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  9. Stoneweaver there wasn't a drop of snow on Lewis Pass Only on the mountains I think you'll be fine in August

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  10. Sounds delicious, well that is the walk in snow and the thermal pools. Ah!! That must have been nice!!!

    We could use some snow right about now lol. It's be over 100o F here, can you say mucho caliente!!!

    Many hugs sent your way.

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  11. a hot pool sounds so relaxing

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  12. Great photos. We had a beautiful day of warmth and sun.

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  13. Since it was 36 C over the weekend for me, that snow looks so cooling and refreshing. I think I'd enjoy a soak in the thermal pools too. But bungee jump? No way!! It'd be fun to watch someone else do it however. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics.

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  14. How wonderful! A hot pool! I remember when we were in NZ that we always went for a swim. Lovely!

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  15. Thermal pool with such scenery. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Lovely scenery and winter shots. I too love soaking in hot spring of which we have a few in Australia too, but the best were in Iceland.

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  17. I have never experienced a thermal pool! Your whole adventure sounds wonderful!

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  18. What a range of temperatures and atmospheres. So refreshing. And very beautiful.

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  19. Looks lovely.
    I visited NZ once and loved it. We saw people bungee jumping from that bridge.......and, no, I don't fancy it!...what if??????

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  20. Long walk and then soak in thermal pool sounds heavenly indeed! Great snaps too. When you wrote about Indian restaurant i was a bit surprised and happy to read...wondered what they offered you there? (Hope you dont mind.lil shy to ask...though!)

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  21. We got to experience the hot mineral springs on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. There's nothing quite like it. You must have left very refreshed.

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  22. Great virtual rip, this has been most fascinating.

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  23. Beautiful photos. It must've been fun to go from a walk on a snowy path to soaking in the thermal pools.

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  24. JUST beautiful Marja....I would like to visit there too.

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  25. I loved the crackling sound of the snow under my feet.

    Did some winter hiking in Colorado when I lived there, and not just for the US Army. I remember being on a trail listening to the crackling snow while looking up at the bluest sky I have ever seen. Thanks you bringing back that memory, that was an awesome day.

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  26. Looks lovely and relaxing. Can imagine that those thermal pools are a real blessing.

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