Last weekend, Gregor and I went to Hanmer Springs again, just like last year. It was really nice again. This time, we did not just soak in the hot pools but also went for a couple of walks.
On Saturday, we climbed Mt Isobel, the “Hausberg” of Hanmer Springs:
It’s only a couple of hours up, but the views of the surrounding snow covered mountains were awesome:
South Island high country is stunning and quite different to the valleys of the European Alps. Here’s a view towards Molesworth:
It was very windy that day and freezing cold on the mountain, which made sitting in the hot pools later on at night even more rewarding.
On Sunday, the wind had died down but unfortunately the mountains were in the clouds. So we went for a bush walk to a waterfall:
Then back to the village for another couple of hours in the hot pools.
The whole weekend reminded me again that it’s the South Island where I really want to live. There’s nothing as awesome as the mountains for me, and having them yet again within 2 hours drive would be so nice. Wellington is by far the best city in NZ when it comes to urban quality and feel, but really it’s Christchurch where I would feel at home.
For now, Wellington is fine, since I really like my job. But I’m sure the time will come to move on and shift South one day.