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
Christchurch Airport 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.
Hotels in Hanmer Springs start at NZ$58 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.