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Nov 3, 2008 - Hanmer Springs, N.Z.

The drive to Hanmer Springs from Blenheim via Kaikoura was absolutely stunning. Perhaps too long for the kids, but it had Robert and I marveling. First we drove along the ocean shore, stopped by a fur seal breeding ground, and then turned into and through the winding, up and down, bright green carpeted mountain hills full of sheep, cattle and deer. "Wow" was uttered frequently. When we arrived at Hanmer Springs, we couldn't have been more pleased. Hanmer Springs is nestled in the foothills of the mountains and has a thermal reserve. These...

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Aug 17, 2008 - Verjaardag!?

Hé ik ben vandaag jarig! Eigenlijk pas om 10:00h, want ik ben per slot van rekening in Nederland geboren en duurt het nog 10 uur voor het 17 augustus is. Gisteravond lekker gegeten in Kaikoura en daarna eigenlijk niet zoveel meer gedaan. Vanmorgen besloten dat we naar Hanmer Springs gaan. Vandaar kun je ook naar de West Coast via de Lewis Pass en die is nog niet dicht. Voordat we naar Hanmer Springs gaan, eerst nog even naar de 'seal colony' van Kaikoura geweest. Maaike heeft de foto's gemaakt. Lekker rustig aan gedaan, dus we zijn op tijd...

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Mar 24, 2008 - We're being attacked...

by bugs that is. Between the giant bumble bees and the sandflies we are constantly swatting at things. We have over 50 sandfly bites between the two of us. Michelle has most of them. Mom, now I know how you feel. The sandflies flock to me like I was candy. Regardless of the bugs we spent some time in Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a lake settled with mountains all around it. We took an easy hike around the peninsula to get a better look. We sat and had lunch by the lake with a local dairy farmer. (and the sandflies) Then we were off to...

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Trip Journal


Mar 17, 2008 - Hanmer Springs to Kaikora

SO...on with the road trip...and what a trip! I really wasn't quite sure how to continue with my blog at this stage as I was afraid it would become one long list of places we'd ticked off, as we were moving on constantly. So, instead, it's a bunch of places at once and more of a reflection on what we did over the almost three weeks of seeing the south island of this incredible country. I'll soon run out of words to describe our experiences, so apologies in advance for far too many 'awesomes' and 'amazings'...I need a thesaurus!! I'm also...

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Mar 7, 2008 - Oxford to Quinney's Bush Camp, Motupiko South Island 23rd to 28th February 2008.

Sylvia's Comments We woke to a lovely morning and a great view over the Canterbury Plains from our camp site. After breakfast we went over to say good-bye to our host Coral, her little dog Jules and our fellow campers. Coral informed us there was a farmers market in Oxford this morning so we decided to return to the town and stock up our van with the local produce. There was quite a variety of fresh vegetables, meats, preserves and plants on sale as well as a couple of food stalls and it was well attended by locals and people in motor homes...

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Oct 26, 2007 - Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Drive to Hanmer Springs..... Just a drive today. We could have done some hiking, but we are not hikers. We just did a straight drive there. We get a dip in the hot springs and then off to bed. We took some pictures of the scenery on the way to Hanmer Springs. At Hanmer Springs we were supposed to go in the thermal pool. I took a look at it and decided I didn't want to make a public display of my fat so we went back to the rig. Susan wouldn't go in without me.

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Aug 19, 2007 - Recharging our batteries at Hanmer Springs

After Kaikora we travelled to Hanmer Springs for a hot pool soak and swim. Hanmer Springs is a small thermal resort on the east side of the southern Alps before the Lewis Pass. The surrounding land is surprisingly flat surrounded by mountains and there is a deep canyon running from it across which they do bungy jumping and down which the go river rafting. It is called thrill seekers canyon... but we did not fell like being thrilled! We just needed a hot soak and rest!

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Jun 9, 2007 - Ruthy's Birthday - Hanmer Springs

For Ruthy's birthday we had decided to head up to Hanmer Springs (an area of thermal hot pools) with Jo and Dave and rent a chalet for the night and go to the thermal pools together. So on Friday after work we headed up to Christchurch ready to leave for Hanmer in the morning. It was a really nice start to the day with Ruthy opening her cards and presents, Dave and Jo got her some nice chocolates and I had got ehr some Paua stone earings. Then we loaded up on food, alcohol and petrol and got on the road. About halfway we decided to stop for...

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