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April 15, 2010

The Hanmer Springs / Christchurch journey by road…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are staying the New Zealand alpine village of Hanmer Springs for fairly well the whole month that we are in New Zealand.

Friends and relatives live mostly in Christchurch and whilst we are getting masses of visitors  to our little holiday house in the hills, we are still  backwards and forwards to Christchurch semi regularly.

The one and a half hour drive to between Hanmer Springs is fast becoming a very familiar route.

Himself  likes to drive this route,  is enjoying  the sparseness of the traffic, the twists and bends in the road, the scenery and the fact that the motorway stretch of the journey is a full 5kms (3 miles) long… and the joke, that that 5 kms is pretty much the sum total of Motorway road in the entire South Island.

I’ve been taking photos out the front window of the car as I often do, and now as I post this from back in the Netherlands it gives me a little bit of homesickness: having moved from a daily view of the South Island’s Southern Alps to one of the flattest countries on the planet is something  that tugs inside me regularly. There’s a joke here that if a Dutchman dropped a marble on one side of the country it would roll to the other side.

I often dream of mountains.

Here’s a look at the  photographic journey that is the “to and fro”  between Hanmer Springs and the South Island’s biggest city: Christchurch.

First… famous for sheep,  so here are some for ya…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I took this one because I was trying to capture a shot of the clouds ( that the  photo doesn’t do them justice is an understatment)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Waimakariri  River (below) outside Christchurch… it’s a big braided river with a very strong current,  very popular with jet-boaters but sadly many people have underestimated it over the years with fatal consequences.   When there is exceptionally heavy rain in the Alps, the river can rise dramatically and I have seen water almost up the the road deck of the bridge . This is the view of the rail bridge taken from the road bridge.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I was fascinated not only by the fact that these are lined up in a row, but later, that that numbers seems so random…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

New Zealand is very very famous for sheep… so naturally I keep getting them in view… thus, more wooly baa lambs…

( all of these are named “Shawn”  btw…)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

BUT… the best known landmark on this road is alas, missing from these photos… but you will have to wait patiently one more night whilst I dream of my mountains again,  and I’ll be introducing you to this famous landmark in tomorrow!


  1. […] The Hanmer Springs / Christchurch tour by road… « Local Heart … […]

    Pingback by Sharp | FSM Blog — April 15, 2010 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, I have the same feeling when we drive through the midwest U.S. — flat, flat, flat, flat, flat, and I can’t wait until we drive home westward again. Mountains are just plain ol’ beautiful. So is New Zealand — thanks for the tour!

    Comment by blisterina — April 15, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

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