We said goodbye to Christchurch, hired a Nissan Sunny with 230K on the clock and few mm of clutch left at the end of the pedal. It managed to get us to Hanmer Springs. Hanmer Springs is a small town built around thermal springs overlooked by impressive mountains. We enjoyed a couple of hours in the springs although we didn't stay long in 40 degree sulphur pool (very smelly). It was busy in the pools and we enjoyed our time there but we felt it might be a better experience in winter, being overlooked by snow capped mountains with a chilly air.
On the road to Hanmer Spring
The land here is parched with no significant rain expected until March.