Things To Do On A Day Trip To Hanmer Springs

Choosing a location for your holiday does not mean you can’t get out and about and explore other towns and cities that are nearby during your holiday. Day trips to other places are a great way to see and do more while on vacation, especially in New Zealand as this compact country allows you to experience many great things all within a short distance.

A popular holiday location in New Zealand is Kaikoura, located on the east coast of the South Island, this Cantabrian town is world famous for its connection with whales – both historically as the home to a whaling station and many whalers to modern day whale watching tours and experiences. The town also revels in the abundant seafood of the region and you can find plenty of places to purchase fresh seafood for many of your meals in your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura.

Another reason Kaikoura is such a popular holiday destination is its accessibility to many other places in the South Island such as Christchurch, Marlborough, and of course, Hanmer Spings. If you are planning a day trip to Hanmer Springs from your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura here are some things to do:

Village and Surrounding Areas

If you enjoy getting out and about in the outdoors the Hanmer Springs and Hurunui district offers a chance to explore the area by hiking and biking, there are also hunting and fishing opportunities, and if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie there is bungy jumping, jet boating, and white water rapid rafting sure to satisfy the thrill seekers.

Thermal Pools

These pools offer something for everyone, there’s a family friendly activity area that has a picnic area, water slides, and water toys, if you want something a little more private choose from one of the six private indoor thermal pools to relax in your own space, if you are travelling with people who have injuries or disabilities there is a freshwater, heated swimming pool that features walk-in access like those found in international resorts.


No trip to Hanmer Springs would be complete without partaking in one of the spa services. Whether you choose a body treatment like a massage or hot stone therapy or a beauty therapy such as manicure, pedicure or facial you will be pampered and indulged, allowing you to really relax and enjoy your treatment.

After a day of thrill seeking, soaking in the thermal pools and enjoying a spa treatment you can head back to your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura for a glass of wine and a relaxing evening.

Very Last Minute Travel Deals

Last minute travel deals can save you hundreds of dollars. You just have to be flexible, willing to travel at odd hours and be willing to stay wherever and whenever accommodations are made.

The Internet offers last minute travelers many sites to browse through for some fabulous travel deals. The best way to go is to book an airline, hotel, cruise or vacation together as a package that comes under the heading of “last minute travel deals,” or something very similar. You can literally save hundreds of dollars on these deals, because often time, travel agencies are searching for last minute travelers to fill empty or cancelled seats and rooms.

Last minute cruises are one of the best ways to travel because cruise lines want to fill their ships. Again, you have to be willing to go to the location being offered and stay in any room that is available. But if you’re not a fussy traveler, these deals are fantastic.

As an example, has several last minute cruise deals on five major cruise sips. A four-night western Caribbean cruise on Carnivals Fascination departing from Miami can cost a mere $299. For $649, you can cruise to Bermuda for seven days aboard Norwegian’s Norwegian Crown that departs from Philadelphia. Keep in mind, these are last minute deals and they be unavailable when you check the website. However, there are always deals to be found on any given day. When you see a deal you like, book it immediately. It could be gone before you know it.

Master Time Management With These 7 Time Management Tips

Time management is a hot topic these days. With more pressure on most of us to do more with less, we are constantly turning to gurus in this area to try and improve our time management skills. This article is the first in a series of four (check out the other three Master Time Management with 7 More Time Management Tips, Master Time Management with Yet Another 7 Time Management Tips, Master Time Management with a final 7 Time Management Tips) which end up providing you with 28 great tips on managing your time more effectively. But no matter how good the tips are, or how willing you are to implement them, you will never be successful till you accept the idea that it isn’t time you are managing but rather yourself. This may seem self evident, but the difference in focus often means the difference between success and failure in this key competency.

1. Always allocate a priority to every piece of work that comes your way and do it in that order. Many of us work in a haphazard manner, too busy trying to cope with whatever comes our way to invest a few minutes daily in establishing our work priorities. It reminds me of a story of the wood chopper who was so busy trying to chop down trees with his very blunt axe, that he complained he could never manage the time to sharpen his axe. Take five minutes morning and evening to write down all those tasks which need to be done. Identify them by importance and urgency. Do not make the very common mistake of spending your time on less important and non-urgent tasks simply because you enjoy doing them or because the most urgent and important tasks appear boring and daunting!

2. Do not allow interruptions when working on high priority tasks. Many tasks need concentrated effort and there is nothing more frustrating than a barrage of relatively unimportant interruptions when you are trying to complete an urgent report or some other task requiring considerable concentration. People who complete a time log over a week’s duration are often astounded at how much time is wasted through unscheduled and unimportant interruptions. Try saying “no” to interruptions more often and watch your efficiency and output increase accordingly.

3. Learn to say no to requests that are unreasonable or should really belong to some one else. As Edwina C Bliss (“Getting Things Done”) states, perhaps the most effective of all the time saving techniques ever developed is the frequent use of the word “no”. Being able to say “no” (even to one’s boss at times) is an assertion skill which can, and should, be developed.

4. Never put off tasks which are daunting or uninteresting. Too many of us are experts at procrastination, but keep postponing doing something about it. Albert Ellis maintains that many of us act upon the irrational belief that it is easier to postpone doing something daunting or unpleasant than to tackle it immediately. Such a belief is irrational because putting off daunting or unpleasant tasks only magnifies the problem – a molehill can become a veritable mountain in no time. Just do it is great advice no matter what you apply it to.

5. Never allow your environment to become disorganized or messy. The problem with a disorganized and messy work environment is that it can create frustration, a sense that you are not getting anywhere with your work and also be distracting when you are trying to concentrate on particular tasks. Significant time can be wasted looking for items which should normally be easily found. An efficient filing system can make a big difference and while everything else often tends to get precedence over filing, it is an important task and must be done regularly.

6. Never keep documents just in case you’ll need them in the future if they can be easily replaced in some way. This is the best way to ensure you don’t drown in paper and your filing cabinets do not multiply like mushrooms after a good rain. We keep far too much paper. Keep reference material which can be easily accessed in some other way (in your computer, on the net, in a book etc). Never keep magazines and publications to read later unless you really intend to read them later. If there’s only one article of interest, copy it or tear it out, read it then bin it. Keep clutter to a minimum. Keep only those things that are essential to keep (cannot be replaced or are required by legislation to be kept) and be ruthless with paper.

7. Delegate, delegate, delegate! Many people have problems with this one, for a variety of reasons. Some do not trust others with jobs of any importance, for fear of possible mistakes. Some don’t want to pass on any good jobs and will only delegate those jobs seen as boring or routine. Some will not delegate tasks because they consider themselves to be able to complete those tasks more quickly and effectively. There are hundreds of excuses for not delegating. But there is never a good reason to do something which some one else could do faster, more efficiently or better than you can. Just remember to give full instructions on the outcome you want, then “let it go”.

Restaurant Management – Keeping Your Teen Employees Safe

You’ve probably got a few teen employees under your care in your own restaurant or food service establishment. Studies have shown that thirty percent of all employees in food or drink establishments are under the age of twenty, and food service is often the first job of choice for any teen looking for a part or full time opportunity. There are, however, many areas of food service that can be a bit on the dangerous side for teens, and there are areas where the most injuries are seen to occur. Just a few simple precautions and you can create a much safer work environment, not only for your teen employees, but the rest of your staff as well.

Most child labor laws do not allow for employees younger than the age of 16 to work with anything apart from soda machines, snack bars, and other serving counters, however, that does not mean that there is not a safety hazard when it comes to those areas for teens, still yet. The keys to keeping your teen employees safe is often very similar to keeping your adult employees safe- just be sure that all employees with access to cooking areas are wearing adequate clothing, neatly kept and skid resistant shoes with closed toes. Make sure that you are keeping well maintained fryers to reduce the risk of grease splatters, spills and other hazards, but also, make sure that employees are never permitted to keep their drinks near the fryers. This can often result in a spill that causes a grease splatter or overflow, which can result in serious injury.

Also, be sure that the staff that is running your fryer isn’t overfilling the baskets- no matter how busy you are. An overfull fryer basket can often result in excessive splashing and also in overflow of hot oil which can injure both the cook, and those standing close by. Also make sure that only the manufacturer’s guidelines are being used in not only the day to day operations but the maintenance of the fryers as well if your staff handles the cleaning and care. Ensure that the fryers are kept very clean and very well maintained but also be sure that there is a grease cutting solution being used on the floor around the fryer off and on throughout the day to prevent slips from grease spills. Keeping a class K fire extinguisher near your fryer at all times is essential to the safety of your crew, as well.

Remember, you have a responsibility to all of your staff to ensure their safety on the job- and a particularly heavy responsibility falls when employing teen aged staff. Always correct and use proper disciplinary action in the cases of rough housing so that your teen staff is aware that it will not be tolerated. Make sure that regardless of the situation, care and caution is taken at all times to ensure a very safe, and clean work environment for all, including your teen staff.