Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Masons Flat, New Zealand

Mar 8, 2006 - Hanmer Springs

We took a snap decision to break up the journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch by taking the inland/scenic route via Hanmer springs. On the way we began to appreciate the increasingly diverse landscape crammed into such a small island. Hanmer is on a plain surrounded by mountains, only two hours drive from Kaikoura's dramatic mountain range by the sea, in turn only a couple of hours from the peaceful vineyards of Marlborough! We took a (4hour) walk up the side of one such neighbouring mountain to a waterfall and planned to take a dive in the...

Jump to full entry

Nov 8, 2005 - Hanmer Springs

We reluctantly left Kaikoura as it was such a cool place and we headed down to Hanmer Springs. There is about 7 or 8 hot natural springs for you to laze about in fantastic from 35 degrees to 40 degrees you don't want to get out so we didn't we are still there!!! They also have a great childrens pool with lots of slides and a waterfall. We had lunch there before driving further down the East coast to Christchurch.

Jump to full entry

Nov 4, 2005 - Challenge

Jaz : Woke up at 5.30 a.m. and decided to jump in the shower before any other bugger. Breakfast was at 8.00 a.m. followed by the weighing of swag and saddle bags. For those of you unfamiliar with swag bags, these are sausage-shaped and extremely difficult to zip up. By the end of the tour we had the knack - you pack everything in and then stand on it whilst someone else huffs and puffs hauling at the zip. There is an 8kg weight limit. I had 7kg, Di had 9kg. This was probably due to the extensive medical kit (including tooth filler, blister...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal

Di and Jaz On Tour

Feb 28, 2005 - Lord of the Ferns

New Zealand! So green, so many mountains, and of course sheep! But I'm leaving tomorrow for tasmania, boo hoo. So like Tahni came and shared New Zealand with me. We went straight to the mountains and went tramping near Arthur's pass. The river was flooded, we almost made it across, but then had to backtrack, 4 km, to the flood bridge. To get back where we started (on the other side) it took four hard hours, up and down, steep, moist trail through a crazy rainforest trying to find the next orange marker that signified what was supposed to be...

Jump to full entry