|Walkway to the Hot Springs|
|Maruia Hot Springs Rock Baths|
|Rachel in the Hot Spring Rock Bath|
|Snow Capped Mountains in the Distance|
We drove the only road available through the mountains, and it goes over Lewis Pass. The whole mountain range and Lewis Pass had snow covered mountains. It was a drive we would not have wanted to miss. We are so glad that we stayed where we did last night, first to enjoy the mineral springs and second so we did not miss the beautiful views we enjoyed this morning.
|Snow Capped Mountains near Lewis Pass|
After driving an hour we drove into the village of Hamner Springs for a cup of coffee. This village also has hot spring and spas, but it was crowded with weekend guests. We were again glad we had stopped at Maruia Springs last night.
|Stone Built Farmstead|
|Vineyards near Christchurch|
|Beach Near Christchurch|
We arrived at our friends in Christchurch at approximate 3:00, after another stop at a beach just north of Christchurch. It was great to see these friends again. She played such a key role in 1996 when the Friendship Exchange team was visiting/traveling in the South Island. It was great to catch-up with them – we chatted all evening! We also booked a train trip on Sunday. We are taking a scenic train from Christchurch (located on the east coast of New Zealand) directly west across the mountains to Greymouth which is located in the west coast of New Zealand. We will be crossing the country and returning all in one day!
Tomorrow we will be visiting downtown Christchurch that suffered such devastation from an earth quake in September 2011. They are still very much in the rebuilding mode.