Sunday, October 23, 2016
NZR poster featuring Hanmer Springs
It's a bit ambiguous what the man is announcing he's back from; as well as hot springs, Hanmer Springs was the site of a well-known alcoholics rehabilitation hospital, Queen Mary, which finally closed in 2003. The Canterbury District Health Board then said it was going to put it on the market, but in 2010 said it was donating the buildings to the local council.
You couldn't get to Hanmer Springs by rail; the closest station was the end of the Waiau branch, but Culverden would have been the station for a change to a bus.
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