You will pass through the dappled light of mature beech forests lining the route into the Lewis mountain pass through to the Canterbury region. It is a journey from the west coast with its temperature rainforests to the drier east coast. You will pass Maruia Springs with its geothermal waters tempting you to stay a while, there are opportunities in spring to capture photos of the lupins in flower. For nature lovers there is the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve to linger in. You are spoiled for choice whether you indulge in geothermal mineral waters in Maruia or Hanmer Springs. Your choice will be influenced by whether you are travelling with family or wish to simply luxuriate for a day or two in Maruia’s spa resort. For families Hanmer offers a wealth of attractions and things to do. For further information on whether to linger in Hanmer and what to do check Hanmer travel guide, activities, what to do & see and Hanmer Springs: Things To Do and See. Check Hurunui Trips – Routes & Itineraries for the description of the Lewis Pass and its scenic lookout points.
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