Over the past week I have been up to North Canterbury twice. Its so nice to have a change of scene - especially from flat land to 'peaky' land. The Spring shades of green blew me away (particularly the dark forboding green of the West Coast bush at Maruia Springs). One of the natural pools at the Springs is shown below. We stayed a night at Maruia so soaked as sunset and sunrise (well a bit later than sunrise).
The black algae in the pools is the Japanese owners' pride and joy as the algae ensures the pools are alive and well with natural minerals to make them even better for 'we' humans to soak in.
We shared a seafood hot pot (in chilli miso broth) for dinner at the very simple, cooky, and good Japanese restaurant in the Maruia Springs lodge building. It was really fresh.
With no mobile phone coverage, and not much else going on - Maruia is the best place to steal 24 hr catch ups with oneself!