Blogs from Hanmer Springs, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs February 22nd 2018

Tom was the only one who joined Pam and me in the hot springs. Clearly, the town of Hamner Springs thrives on them. The water is so hot, apparently, that it needs to be cooled before putting in the pools, which are at various temperatures. The sulphurous smells in the pools, however, are not a patch on those in the master bedroom at Elm Cottage at midnight on any given Friday after a visit to the Hook Tandoori. Tom is a sound fellow. Mid-sixties, tall and rangy, far away look in his eyes. He says he does “accounting” in Seattle, but he seems to have got a significant number of motorcycle trip under his belt, so I remain convinced he is a high-powered recluse of some monster .com unicorn. Keeps himself to himself, but just when ... read more
Cape Foulwind
Panakaiki Lodge
Panakaiki Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs December 19th 2016

Friday we walked around Wellington until it was time to get on the ferry, we took the 5:00 pm sailing. BC Ferries could learn a thing or two from Interisland Ferries, nice lounges with comfy chairs. Spent the night in Picton and drove to Nelson Saturday. Beautiful beaches and perfect weather on Saturday. Sunday was partly cloudy and windy, so we drove to Richmond to grab some groceries, the car was hit in the car park while we were shopping, but thankfully a note was left. We continued along to the start of Abel Tasman National Park, you can only drive in a kilometre and the rest you see either on foot, or by water taxi. The fruit here is great, picked up some cherries from a stand that are so good. Got some golden kiwi, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs July 28th 2016

Where does the time go? It feels like just two months ago I was driving from Invercargill to Dunedin, stopping in between to see wild, Yellow Eyed Penguins in their natural nesting grounds (which I did see by the way!). But it hasn't been two months. It has been nine months. NINE MONTHS since I was last in New Zealand; since I last sent a postcard; and shamefully since I have last written a blog. Where did the months go?! So that cat is out of the bag: I am not longer living in New Zealand. Life threw me on an entirely different path, one that brought me back to the United States and back to Tennessee of all places. The past year and a half have been one of coming full circle. It is a ... read more
Yoga Room View
Acro Star!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs September 28th 2015

Heading north west, our first pit stop was a town that reminded me of Gundagai. Reefton was very quiet but the fluttering flags of the competing nations in the rugby World Cup indicated that somebody lived there. The tourist info centre contained the usual gifts/souvenirs/pamphlets and stuff about the region. We learned that the only indigenous land mammal in NZ is a long tailed bat and native to the area. Which explains why we haven't seen anything else other than sheep, cows and roadkill (stoats and possums). Oh, and a few birds. I don't understand how people have seen kiwis in the wild whilst driving along - they're nocturnal! I don't think we are going to see any bats either. Anyway, back in the blue corolla, we made our way to Hamner Springs along another ridiculously ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs February 6th 2015

Saturday 31/1/15 Pohara to Hamner Springs. Another long interesting and pleasant drive, over the Takaka Hill again then along a valley following a river, another couple of 'saddles' and the scary bridge of doom! Hamner Springs is advertised as an Alpine Spa resort and it is pretty high up. We arrived at our motel, which looked more like a b&b than some of the city motels we've seen, checked in and went for a walk. HS reminds me of what I imagine Moffat most have been like in its heyday as a Spa town or perhaps in the tourism that followed. It seemed only proper to make use of the spa and pools since we were there and I had my first swim of the holiday (I know - so much for swimming every day). The ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs April 2nd 2014

We have had an exciting two days to say the least. It all started yesterday with us getting ripped off by the taxi driver in Auckland. We got over that saga and picked up our campervan. What we thought we were going to get and what we got were quite different but we are very happy - see photos. Just when everything was going along beautifully and we were getting closer to our final destination for the day, bang! This dirty great bird flew into us and hit the drivers side mirror and broke the whole thing off. As it was electrically powered we had to cut the wires to be able to continue our journey. Lucky we put in the multi tool at the last minute! We rang the rental company at the next stop ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs December 19th 2013

Thursday 19th December, 2013. Hanmer Springs, South Island, New Zealand Today was rubbish weather again. Luckily it was a travelling day so it didn't matter too much. Our destination was Hanmer Springs which had been recommended to us by a lady on the flight from Sydney to Christchurch a few weeks ago. After a bit of driving it seemed that today was going to be a complete washout. We came across a place on the map marked in red (meaning it is of interest) called the Hurunui Historic Hotel. It is famous in New Zealand for its liquor licence, having held it continuously since 1st July 1860. The original owner, John Hastie, was granted a conditional licence for the ‘Hurunui Accommodation House’. Conditions included; "that he keep eight beds in four bedrooms; shelter for six horses; ... read more
12. Red Post Corner
16. M, Lewis Pass Drive
37.  D in Hexagon Pools Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs September 23rd 2013

Geo: -42.5223, 172.83A cloudy day as we check out of the Heritage Hotel and head over to Mumbles Café for some breakfast. We notice a big difference in the crowds. The place is almost deserted with only 2 cars parked in front of the thermal springs as compared to 100 yesterday and approximately 250 on Saturday.We head to Kaikoura (Maori for Crayfish) via the Alpine Scenic Triangle. We were advised to take a shortcut to the coast via the Leader Road as this will bring us 50km south of our destination and we will pick up some spectacular scenery as the coast road carves it way between the mountains and the sea, passing through many tunnels. I'm glad we did as the drive was very special.Debi was hanging out for a crayfish and she said she ... read more
Road leading into Kaikoura
Whale Tour bus - Kaikoura
Boarding at South Harbour - Kaikoura

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs May 25th 2013

On Thursday 16th Di and I flew to Christchurch, met Amy and Jeremy{no kids}, rented a car and drove to Hanmer Springs to celebrate nephew Pauls wedding to Kelly. I hadn't been to Hanmer for a long time so was surprised to see how it has grown. Beautiful area and surroundings. As usual a large contingent of the Phillips family arrived and the greetings, eating and drinking, the telling of tales, and the catch up of what has been happening in every ones life, was loud and boisterous. Very hard on an old man with hearing aids, but so great to see every one and meet some new people as well. Friday was the big day for the wedding, but there was time for us to drive into the hills to the start of the Molesworth ... read more
Nigel no Mates.

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs March 27th 2013

There were 10 of us gathered together to play golf for 3 days at the Hanmer Springs Golf course. Not a lot of good golf played but we all enjoyed ourselves.... read more
The 10 of us

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