We've now completed a full circuit of South Island but need to get up to Picton to catch the ferry to the North Island. So we bypass Christchurch and head for the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs high in the hills above the Waipara wine region.
The focus of the town is the Thernal Reserve where spring water comes out of the ground at high temperatures and slightly sulphurous. We feel obliged to take a dip but in all honesty it's pretty tedious sitting in a bath that never goes cold - especially with a bunch of other people ! But it must be quite relaxing aswe have a really good night's sleep afterwards.
It's also Laura's birthday and we have a pleasant meal in a bistro called Zico in the town.