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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Hanmer Plains Hot Springs

Hanmer Plains Hot Springs.

Travelling by train to Culverden, we cross, the great rivers Waimakariri and Ashley, and pass through the towns of Kaiapoi, Rangiora, and Amberley and the splendid country surrounding them. Arrived at Culverden, the twenty-four miles remaining are covered by coaching, during which we cross the Wairau River by a magnificent iron suspension bridge. Arrived, we have our choice of two good hotels, either of which is about two miles from the springs, to and from which horses and buggies are supplied. The springs vary from 90 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and possess healing qualities of considerable extent. Four splendid baths have been constructed, to which the hot water from these wonderful overflowing springs is laid on as well as cold water. There is also a large swimming bath. The site is 1,200 feet above the sea level, the air bracing and cooling, affording a charming health resort for the denizens of the vast plains. Returning to Christchurch, the next trip comprises the journey from Canterbury to