Wheelchair-Accessible Thermal Pools in New Zealand

Cherrie enjoying the nicely accessible thermal pools at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Unfortunately I have to preface this blog post with this notice. The photos on this blog are the copyrighted property of Charles Pannell, and SATW and/or its employees or agents have no authority to use them in any way or to repost them. Sorry guys, but after having photos lifted twice in less than a week by the organization, I’m a little wary.

Now.. on to the meat of the post.

I have to say that I continue to be impressed with the accessibility in New Zealand. Take today, for example, when we visited the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs. Sure, I expected to find accessible changing rooms and barrier-free access to some of the pools; but they of course went one step further. Continue reading

Seven Things I Learned from My First Night in a Camper Van

Our home for the next week in New Zealand -- a Maui camper van.

As most of you probably know, I’m not exactly what you would call a rv-camper van type of a person. That said, I realize that a lot of my readers are, so I decided to check out the accessible options for folks on the South Island of New Zealand. And to do that, we had to just jump in and hit the road. And as newbies we learned a few things from out first night. Continue reading