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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is just a short, yet spectacular, 90-minute drive north from Christchurch.

For a village of around 1,000 permanent residents, Hanmer Springs has so much to offer you, from the award-winning thermal pools to the many outdoor adventures and activities.

Treat yourself to quality cuisine at one of the village’s 20 restaurants and cafes or let some of New Zealand’s finest art, jewellery or fashion options catch your eye.


Hanmer Springs has become renowned for its heart and adrenalin pumping activities. The historic ‘Ferry Bridge’ over the Waiau River is home to bungy jumping. Equally exciting, but a little less heart stopping, is jet boating and rafting.

If its solitude and peace you’re after, there are excellent freshwater fishing spots. Rivers range from large braided systems, like the Waiau, Clarence, Hanmer and Hope Rivers, to secluded mountain streams. Local trout habitats are in great condition, with big fish there for the taking.

The region boasts more than 40kms of mountain biking trails from gentle to advanced and 56kms of walking tracks. Golf, mini golf, village cruisers, plus jet boats, quad bikes and off-road adventure rides, there is plenty to do for everyone.

The best part is whether you are coming for adventure, an event, or to relax, you won’t have to worry about where to stay. Hanmer Springs Village boasts more than 50 accommodation options, from Heritage Hanmer Springs to the ever popular Hanmer Holiday Homes.

If it’s relaxation and pampering you’re after, well that’s what life is about in Hanmer Springs.

After a day out in the great outdoors, there’s no better way to finish off your day than a soak in the therapeutic waters at the Thermal Pools. Sulphur pools, sculptured rock pools, a freshwater pool, private pools and sauna/steam rooms are all available at the one complex for your complete and utter relaxation.

Another perfect way to revitalise your tired muscles or to simply treat yourself is to enjoy to some well-deserved pampering at The Spa at Hanmer Springs. The Spa has everything you ever dreamed of on offer including a variety of massages, Facials, manicures and pedicures.

The great outdoors at Hanmer Springs has something for everyone, and for every budget! 

Hanmer Springs Highlights

Local Events (yearly)

  • Rainbow Rage - March (3rd Saturday)
  • Half Marathon & 10km Run - 3 May 2014
    Amuri Arts Councl Autumn School - 16 to 18 May 2014
  • Mt Isobel Challenge - 24 May 2014
    Springs Crusher MTB race - 15 November 2014
  • Molesworth Muster - November
  • Molesworth Run - November
    Hanmer Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon - 6 December 2014
    Hanmer Hammerhead MTB Race - 17 January 2015