Time to refuel on the protein before another section. The last two sections have been epic in several ways. Physically pretty demanding and a test of nerve and resolve at times, but beautiful, and packed with memories. With weary bodies, and the unsettling events of Christchurch weighing heavily on our minds, we set off hoping that the Te Araroa might take it easy on us for a few days.
Next we head back to Lewis Pass and Windy Point to start the Arthur’s Pass section. We hear the terrain should be a more relaxed which is welcome news, and a chance to do some straightforward regular ‘walking’ and get some strength-building miles under our belts.
Hanmer Springs was a different sort of town, tanned chino wearing tourists lined the streets and they even sold caviar in the local 4 Square! It’s affluence and popularity is all down to it’s hot springs, of which there are numerous pools of varying temperatures. I only know this because I read the brochure, we never actually got round to poaching our persons, partly because of our blog work load and partly because of the human drama being played out on the tv before our eyes..
We did of course have time for a ‘Heart Stopper’ Breakfast. Seriously, that’s what it was called!
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