An overcast day led us to Hamner Springs about 1 1/2 hours drive northish of Christchurch. The countryside was very green and farmish.... lots of paddocks with irrigation and either mixed crop or cattle, sheep or coats. Very very pretty. There were lots of stony/rocky outcrops on and in the hills. The bus driver was excellent full of information about the earthquake and the outcomes from it.
We turned into the Hamner Springs road which was a dead end and crossed a beautiful alpine river where jet boating and bungee jumping takes place.
The Springs were spectacular. They had set up tables along the road inside the Springs area and the area was very autumnal with its beautiful coloured leaves and tree lined avenue... there was a beautiful big white marquee where food and alcohol were served and the music was blasting.
Catherine and I went for a wander through the Springs area before venturing into the Springs. We first went experienced the “cold” pool which had a rapids section that we floated down. From there we dipped into the 38-40 degree which was extremely relaxing.... we then popped into the extremely smelly bee infested (for all those around) 40-42 degree sulphuric coloured pool. To cool off we went in to the 36 degree pool which was actually cool comparatively and had “showers” with different options to sit under to “ massage” our shoulders .... so very relaxing. We then popped over to the sun beds and caught a few rays before heading back to the Belles table.
Our trip back was also informative as our new driver gave us different information about where we were and the history etc.
For dinner that night we headed to the Golden Oldies headquarters (sixty6) where we absolutely aced the Trivia quiz night winning the “warm up” and the competition overall.... more vouchers for food drink and gambling money...
Tomorrow is Day 2 of Netball