Days 38-42: Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura
We awoke in our brilliant campsite at Waihi gorge and as I said on the last post enjoyed a nice breakfast beside the river. We were soon on the road again listening to one of my many Spaceship mixes and were heading for Hanmer Springs. We stopped for a picnic on the way and after a pretty long drive we arrived in Hanmer Springs. We had decided to treat ourselves here (we are in the spaceship for 9 weeks after all!!) and stay in a cheapie holiday house – as they had a special deal 3 nights for the price of 2 so it worked out close to a powered site at some camp sites! Crazy really!
So we had a couple of days to relax here which was lovely. We bought a 2 day pass at the Thermal hot pools, which we had visited back in September when we arrived in NZ. We loved relaxing last time we were here so decided to visit again. We went in the morning on both Monday and Tuesday and both days were pretty quiet as it is very much off-peak (Tuesday was almost deserted and we had most pools all to ourselves!). We were also blessed with beautiful weather on these two days so the pools looked even more inviting. They have 15 outdoor pools to choose from – including 3 sulphur pools. Our favourite were the adult-only aromatherapy ones that had a variety of jets and massagers – very relaxing. We also enjoyed spending time in the town exploring during our few days here.
We left here on Wednesday and drove over to Kaikoura. We actually decided to take the inland scenic route (the 70) from Hanmer, and it was a pretty interesting road! We had definitely driven our fair share of crazy roads and this would probably be included!
It wasn’t so much a bad surface or that dangerous but just so so windy! I sometimes suffer from travel sickness and this really tested me! But it was scenic and part of the adventure 🙂 Kaikoura was another place we loved when visiting back in September so we decided to spend a couple of days here again. We enjoyed walking along the beach and seeing the seals. We also walked up to Point Kean and took in the coastal views. One of our favourite ever pizza restaurants is here too – Black Rabbit pizza. Their pizza is just sooo delicious so we treated ourselves while we were there! We really enjoyed going back here and loved taking in the fresh coastal air and wonderful views!