Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

It was a great day for sitting in hot mineral pools

Each of the mineral pools is a different temperature, either 39, 41...

There were also stinky sulphur pools that turn your jewellery black

The landscaped rock pools had less hot water (35 degrees)

You could even chill in the heated rock streams aswell

Deciding that some serious relaxation was in order, we drove an hour and a half north to Hamner Springs Thermal Reserve. It is the main thermal resort on the south island and we had some vouchers to use. The weather was excellent, gorgeous views of the mountains and thermal water to ease into. Our vouchers got us an upgrade to a private steam bath suite for half an hour. A few hours later we drove onwards/northwards to Kaikoura for a spot of whalewatching. Sulphur solid.

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