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Hamner Springs

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13th January 2007

We had a bit of a lie on this morning (the bed in Donegal House was extremely comfy and huge!) and then we drove to Hamner Springs.

Hamner Springs is known for its geothermal hot spa pools of varying temperatures.

The drive took for ever (so it seemed) probably about 3 hours or so over twisty windy roads that you really had to concentrate on! To be honest l napped most of the way which was really bad and left Paul to get on with the driving!

On the way into Hamner we passed over this deep river with a bridge over it - apparently where people bungy from - didnt see any bungy action but simply looking at it made quake!


In Hamner we spent around 2 hours in the thermal springs - there were around 9 pools in total. They were full of various minerals, and were of varying temperatures - 33c - 40c.

There was also a sulphur pool which really did stink! But we went in anyway - havent a clue what the benefits of it are supposed to be! Hamner must be spectacular in the winter months - an alpine setting - you really are looking out at mountains and trees - imagine sitting in the hot pools with these same mountains and trees all snow capped!

After lunch we treated ourselves to a lush ice cream - which was huge (just like everything in NZ). It was then the drive back to Donegal House and we had a really lazy evening watching a TV movie and had a few beers! We then had to pack up AGAIN ready for the drive to Christchurch tomorrow!

Posted by Purdy 13:50 Archived in New Zealand

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