New Zealand 2014

Hamner Springs 29 Jan

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Hamner Springs 29 Jan

This morning around 8.45 Am we left a rainy and grey  Greymouth. It was 14 C and not really the holiday weather  we were looking for. Our goal was driving in the morning so we have the whole afternoon doing other things. Besides that I would like to be on the camping place early afternoon so itis not busy yet.Most of campers arrives after 4 pm. We were heading to Hamner springs via Reefton. The distance is about 217 km and according Tom tom it would take me only 2.35 hrs . Well maybe by helicopter but certainly not in the Van. Road repairs are frequently taken place as well.As soon as we left the coast the weather changed andit gradually became warmer.The road brought us through the mountains and the area reminded me of Alaska. In this area a lot of mining ,gold and coal , took place and even were passing a Klondyke river. The beautiful villages could also being building Ketchikan or Seward as houses were looking very similar.After two hours we stopped at Springs junction for a short break. It became much warmer and the landscape and scenery more beautiful. I will try to attach some pictures again hopefully I will manage this time. Approxemately 15 km before HS we picked up a traveller with a backpack .The  guy came from Belgium and we dropped him also at the camping place because it is a small distance walking into town.Now it Is time for a cold beer, Grolsch of course. I have to support the Dutch economy as well.

Hamner springs is a small village 385 M above sea level and is famous for its thermal pools and spa's . We will try that out tomorrow morning as we are staying overnight .Maybe when it is not that warm we will walk through the forrest.At the Waiau Ferry bridge the tourist operators offers a bungy jumping however Janet politely refused so I will stay with her :)

That's it for today ,tonight the sate on the Barbie and maybe another Grolsch.

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