Monday, October 21, 2013

Maruia Springs Part 2: Thermal Pools and Enchanted River Walk

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In our short stay at Maruia Springs, we managed to pack in so many tranquil experiences! 
We took ourselves out for an adventure along the river, stopping to look at the abundance of lychen, moss and occasional fungi growing atop the river stones. As we were high up in the Lewis Pass, it almost felt like you could touch the mountain tops. Looking up the valley, the highest peaks were dotted with snow and foggy clouds rolled in and out covering the mountain tops so you only caught a small glimpse at a time. 
The beech forest really felt like something out of a fairytale!  Green as far as the eye could see, moist and smelling of moss and earth. The forest was peaceful, wild and enchanting all in one. 
After tiring ourselves out with our whimsical walk along the riverbed, we spent our time relaxing in the hot pools. The water was pure and untreated full of sulphur, minerals and nutrient dens algae which did wonders for my skin and tense muscles. 
We also had a truly Japanese Experience with the traditional Onsen Japanese bath houses. One part of the resort has segregated bath houses for men and women (which you can see in the last picture). I loved the added little touches of tiny wooden stools and buckets. With the Onsen's many Japanese details, I felt like I was in magical bathhouse scene from Hayao Miyazaki's movie Spirited Away
And what a better way to finish off our magical weekend away with cooked breakfast in the restaurant peeping out through the lush green of beech trees. The first photo in this post shows this perfectly. Andrew waiting for his eggs, staring out through the big windows through green dappled light and beech leaves. That photo is one of my favourite moments that I've ever been able to capture photographically...it really sums up what a relaxing, contemplative and refreshing experience we shared.  

12 comments:

  1. Oh my, these look wonderful!
    And your article for Canta is truly great and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing it with me :)
    xx

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    1. Aw Thanks Vanessa! So excited to see more bloggers bringing up sustainability as an important issue to think about! xox

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  2. amazingly beautiful pictures...gosh i wish i could go there one day! what lens were u using? ;)

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    1. Oh Thank you Fierce Berry! All of these photo's were taken with my Canon 1.8 50mm- It's the cheapest Canon lens on the market and it does really great bokeh and portraits! I think it's great value for money! I'm never really happy with how my landscape portraits work out with this lens- which is fine because the lens isn't made for that (and I need to save up for a decent landscape lens!) but I seem to make it work for most scenes that I'm photographing :) xo

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  3. I love the little mushroom photo!
    :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I absolutely love mushrooms!

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  4. Great post! I like the suggestions. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. What a bunch of great pictures you have taken! Or people have taken of you :) Have you come across a skin tightening solution at all in your travels? I need it for the loose and sagging skin that is going on all over my body.

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    1. Hi Toni, No unfortunately I haven't heard of any skin tightening solutions before except for maybe mud wraps? I try to keep my skin healthy from the inside out stating with lots of healthy vegetarian food and green smoothies full of raw vegetables and fruits- I hope that helps! xo

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  6. Glorious pictures, I am going to go to that exact place and take a thermal bath there too :) I also need to tighten my skin toni, I need to know how to tighten skin because my skin is also a bit loose. Thanks for the pics,

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    1. Hi Gramgram, how exciting you are heading to Maruia- I already want to head back for a relaxing soak! Once again, I'm not too sure about skin tightening solutions, but have a read about how I look after my skin from the inside out in the above post :) xo

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