Not far from where we slept that night we pulled off the road into a lookout. The clouds happened to part and we snapped this shot. Then the clouds covered it all back up! We stopped for a second breakfast at Murschison (only meant to be a coffee stop but the food looked very tempting).
We stopped and enjoyed the beautiful view at Maruia Falls Scenic Reserve.
We drove along in this amazing valley with the river bed down below us and mountains towering up either side of us. Photos just don’t do it justice, the scale of the mountains and the riverbed and the plains are amazing! We arrived at Hanmer Springs late morning and headed straight to the thermal pools! The thermal pools are natural hot springs that bubble up from the ground. The hot water is diverted into different pools, mixed with cold water to create different temperature pools to choose from. The hottest pool was 41°C. Most of the pools were outdoors and ranged in size from lap pool to small spa size pool seating 8. The water is full of minerals and due to the sulphur some of the pools are quite smelly!