Joey Bloggs said:
... on the south island near Wellington/Christchurch where there are volcanos.
Wellington, New Zealand's capital, is at the southern tip of the North
Island. It is, perhaps, even more prone to huge future earthquakes than San Francisco or Christchurch. Our legislators have arranged to fully earthquake proof their own buildings that they work in of course...
At the moment there are no working volcanoes in the South Island
where we live - but we do have delicious hot springs. My favourite is a spot just to the East of the Lewis Pass where, if you're in the know, you can walk a few minutes up a bubbling alpine torrent and then stoop down to scoop out your al fresco bath in the riverside sands. Hot water comes bubbling up ( a little sulpherous) and you can adjust the temperature to suit by making a breach in the wall of that bath you just constructed to let some of the ice cold water in.
Only drwabck is the pseky sandflies - so I take a gauze bag I can put over my head with a drawstring to pull tight round my neck (not too tight) and then lie back naked enjoying the mountain views with everything else under the waterline and out of reach of their tiny little mandibles...