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New Zealand: Maruia Springs

Starting Our Holiday With a Spa Day

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Well friends and followers, we are off on another adventure. We are headed back from Australia to start a new phase of our life in San Francisco and we will be taking a few weeks to make the transit across the pacific. No point in getting home before our bed arrives... Expect to hear about our adventures in New Zealand and Vanuatu over the next few weeks.

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As we are starting this vacation after a few crazy weeks of ending jobs, selling cars, and loading everything we own into a sea container, we decided to start this vacation with a relaxing spa day. After a day of traveling over the Tasman Sea and driving through the mountains of the South Island, we showed up at the Mariua Springs Thermal Spa Resort

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The thermal springs have been used for bathing for over 100 years, but in the last twenty they have been owned by a japanese couple who bought the place because it reminded them of the thermal springs in their home country. They have been gradually converting the place into a wonderful rustic Japanese spa, restaurant and hotel.

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We donned our Yukatas (casual kimonos) and set out to see all the place had to offer. A few hours after arriving we were much more relaxed. Its amazing what a Shiatsu massage, a ofuro bath and a soak in a thermal pool can do for you.

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That evening we settled into the on site resturant for a wonderful traditional Japanese dinner. We slept well that night in the cool quiet of the New Zealand highlands. All in all a wonderful experience.

Posted by TravelWithTom 01:48 Archived in New Zealand

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