About Hanmer Springs

poolsHanmer Springs, nestled beneath the Southern Alps in a high country basin is only a short 1½ hrs drive north of Christchurch, New Zealand. This beautiful alpine village set among stunning mountains and braided rivers in the heart of North Canterbury, is one of New Zealand’s most popular retreats no matter what the season.

Famous for its natural hot springs and mineral pools, the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is one of New Zealand’s finest thermal complexes and draws visitors from all over the world. Relax and unwind in one of the 9 open air pools, 3 sulphur pools or 4 private pools surrounded by towering sequoia trees and with fantastic views of the mountains and forest. Or pamper yourself with a range of massage and beauty treatments from the trained professionals at The Spa, including Swiss & Sports massages, detoxifying body wraps and aromatic facials.

Surrounding Hanmer Springs is the Hanmer Forest, with over 50km of walking and easy mountain biking tracks. The forest is unique as it contains many exotic varieties of trees that were planted around the turn of the century, and bush walks range from short ½hr strolls to longer day trips. 

mtbFor the adrenaline junkies there are plenty of technical mountain bike tracks, bungy jumping, jet boating, 4-wheel motor biking and Wairau river rafting. In winter there is skiing and snowboarding, with 2 ski-fields close at hand, both with a range of “runs” to suit every level. For those wanting a more relaxing break, try horse trekking or golf, take a 4WD tour through the famous Molesworth Station & Rainbow Station, or a scenic flight over the magnificent expanse of the Southern Alps.

Whatever your reason for visiting Hanmer Springs, you can be assured that this beautiful alpine village has plenty of attractions and activities to make your stay truly worthwhile. So relax and unwind, or grab some adventure in this beautiful alpine playground.