Top of South Island – Last Day

We have come to the end of our 6 day tour to the top of South Island covering Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton, Nelson and Hanmer Springs.

This part of the country is known for its stunning coastlines and beaches, majestic Abel Tasman National Park, and award-winning vineyards. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.  We did a road trip and should have planned to fly in to Christchurch and fly out from Nelson instead of flying in and out of Christchurch.  That would have saved us five hours of diving where we could have visited Abel Tasman Park instead.

Oh well, there is always a reason for a second or more visit.

We arrived Hanmer Springs evening of day five.  Hanmer Springs is a picturesque alphine village best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes.  The first thing we did when we arrived the village was a soak in the hot pools.  Such a relief after all the driving.

There’s nothing much to do in Hanmer really, other than hot pools or thrill seeking adventures.  It was our second visit to Hanmer and probably will be quite a while before we will return again.  No doubt Hanmer Springs is a beautiful place to visit for relaxation and indulgence, especially in winter.  To me it’s a smaller version of Noosa, minus the beach.

Day 6 (5/1/2016)
We took a walk to Conical Hill before heading to Christchurch airport.  The drive was less than a couple of hours and we stopped at the lovely gift shop in Culverden and had burger king before flying home the same evening.


Bunjy Jumping & Thrilling Adventures are things to do in Hanmer Springs


View from the start of Conical Hill, Hanmer Springs


Homemade Chutneys & Jams from the Gift Shop @ Culverden

Thank you for joining me in this 6-day adventure.
Posting this now from my Home sweet home.

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