We travelled only about 120 km to get here so it was a nice short day's ride. The town is basically based around a wonderful hot spring developement and a small ski hill. It's perfect for people for Christchurch to travel to for a weekend get away. The hot springs are really well done. You can spend the whole day there for $10 and there are many pools to choose from. The temperatures range from 35 degrees up to 41 degrees so you can take your pick. The larger warm pools also have sun shades over them so you can get hot but not fry your head in the sun (very important down here). It was a great place to relax for the afternoon.
Next day it was a coastal drive to Kaikura for some whale watching.