Sylvia Flats Hot Springs [CLOSED due to Rock Fall Nov 2011]

Name: James
Rating: 7/10
on 3 June 2015

Quirky and unexpected. Easy access, and a good point to stop on the road between east and west. Coming from Christchurch, you pass a sign that says Welcome to the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. Just a few seconds after that you see a blue picnic area sign. Turn down a gravel road which has some big pot holes. A picnic area by the river has a toilet at the downstream end. At the upstream end of the picnic area, a track follows beside the river for about 2 to 3 minutes walk to the hot springs which are identified by their mild sulphurous smell. Not hot, just warm normally. Usually one pool big enough for 2-3 people. Sometimes more than one pool. Sandflies are a big problem. DEET insect repellent necessary for the face and any body parts not underwater!