Hanmer Springs is a unique alpine spa village in New Zealand's Canterbury
region. It only has 750 permanent residents, but visitors flock to the area all year round to make the most of the thermal pools and adventure activities. With all the tourist buzz, this town is anything but sleepy and you'll also find a great range of shops and eateries right on the doorstep when you stay in one of our Hanmer Springs hotels.
Things to Do
The award-winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools offer pools and spas of different sizes and temperatures, as well as freshwater or sulphur options. There are also open-air pools, indoor pools, a steam room and private spa pools for couples. If you've brought the kids along, they'll love the children's pools, with slides, water toys and family picnic areas.
When it comes to adventure sports, Hanmer Springs has you covered. In winter, skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the powdery snowfields on Mt St Patrick. If you're here in summer, or you aren't really into skiing, you can plunge off the Waiau Ferry Bridge and hang from a bungy cord above the Waiau River Canyon. Or you can brave the rapids and have a go at white water rafting and jet boating in the Waiau Gorge. The town is also surrounded by forests which you can hike, mountain bike, quad bike or horse ride through. Or, if you're a keen runner, you might like to participate in the Molesworth Run, an 84km race held in mid-November every year.
Getting Here and Around
is only 90 minutes drive from Hanmer Springs. There are a couple of bus companies that offer shuttle services from Christchurch
but once you arrive, you might find it hard to get around town, so consider hiring a car at the airport. Once you've got your own set of wheels, you can explore some of the surrounding towns, like Kaikoura
, which is famous for its whale, dolphin and fur seal encounters.
So, wot are you waiting for? Grab one of these cheap flights to Christchurch
and book your Hanmer Springs accommodation with us today, so that you can start enjoying the spas in this winter wonderland.