Today was a bit of a travel day as there was some distance between Hanmer Springs and our destination of Springfield which was to be our base for some days bouldering at Castle Hill. The driving was uneventful and apart from stopping to do some food shopping and grab some lunch, there was nothing else […]Read more "Day Thirty-One – Arthur’s Pass, Storms and disappointment"
Hanmer Springs is a spa town at the foot of the Southern Alps. Rainwater seeps through fractures in the rock, absorbing minerals, before being warmed by geothermal heat deep in the earth, a process that takes over two centuries and ultimately rising to the surface at Hanmer in the form of hot springs. When we arrived […]Read more "Day Thirty – Hanmer Springs, Mountain Bikes & Spa"
Kaikoura is another place that has been affected by a recent earthquake and the road network has been seriously compromised. This makes reaching this small town difficult and takes a lot more time than before, so we had debated on whether to bother. For anyone out there having similar thoughts, I will save you time. […]Read more "Day Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine – Kaikoura"
It had been a cold night and waking up on the shores of Lake MacGregor, we needed more than it’s beauty to warm us up (although it was very pretty), so we headed into Tekapo to find a cafe, breakfast and a hot drink! Reflections cafe was perfect and it had free wifi, something that […]Read more "Day Twenty-Six & Twenty-Seven – Christchurch"
Up early today as we are off to see Aoraki/Mount Cook. I could tell it was going to be a beautiful day as soon as I woke up to find sun streaming into the van and lifting the blinds unveiled a stunning landscape. It had been dark when we arrived the night before so it […]Read more "Day Twenty-Five – Aoraki and the Stars…"
Morning has broken and so it’s time for us to leave Dunedin, but we’ve got time for a sneaky workout at another Snap Fitness and their superb facilities, which turns into a bit of an epic session and so by the time we’re done, we are both starving. The plan was to head to Moeraki […]Read more "Day Twenty-Four – Moeraki Boulders and Poppies"
Today in Te Anau was a complete rest-day as we got in very late last night from the Star Gazing and so had a lie-in and a leisurely breakfast in a nice cafe. Grabbing a coffee we just had a wander around before spending most of the day, reading and relaxing. It was very chilled […]Read more "Day Twenty-Two & Twenty-Three: Rest & Penguins"