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Hanmer Springs worth a detour from Kaikoura to Christchurch?

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Bristol, England
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Hanmer Springs worth a detour from Kaikoura to Christchurch?

We are planning our tour of NZ next February by campervan and wonder if it worth a detour on our last day before returning to Christchurch from Kaikoura. I know it is meant to be very pretty and we would like a dip in the thermal pools but will have time to do it justice with nearly 4 hours driving that day? Has anyone else done it?

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1. Re: Hanmer Springs worth a detour from Kaikoura to Christchurch?

Hi,

Having looked over your main itinerary in another thread, I really don't think the effort to drive to Hanmer Springs is worth the detour. More especially when driving a campervan over the inland roads (using either of two main routes to get there). The roads leading inland from Kaikoura are very windy and narrow, but granted they are also scenic. While Hanmer Springs is a pretty alpine town, I suggest you make the most of thermal pools when you are in Rotorua.

Bristol, England
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2. Re: Hanmer Springs worth a detour from Kaikoura to Christchurch?

Thank you - great advice which we will follow. :-)

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