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Hanmer Springs is a delightful alpine village nestled between the mountains of the Hurunui region on the South Island’s East Coast. Come and enjoy what Hanmer has to offer by bus. Hire a bus from Christchurch to enjoy all Hanmer has to offer. Hanmer Springs main attraction is the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools which offers much more than your average hot pool complex. There are over 15 different pools to choose from varying in size and temperature with water slides and picnic areas provide plenty of fun for everyone. There is a world-class day spa within the complex offering everything from massage therapies through to mud wraps and beauty packages.
The natural hot springs are well known for their healing qualities along with their tranquil location and picturesque outlook. Hanmer Springs Village offers boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes and action-packed activities. There’s jet boating through the Waiau Gorge, hiking tracks to suit all ages and abilities and mountain biking along the many trails that surround Hanmer Springs. There are also four golf courses to choose from along with a variety of activities including horse riding, 4 wheel drive adventures and bungy jumping. The local holiday accommodation has something for everyone with a good selection of apartments, holiday parks, B & Bs, motels and historic hotels.
There are two New Zealand ski fields in the area which combine well with the thermal springs to provide an all-round alpine experience. Hanmer Springs Skiing area and Mount Lyford are relatively small, but if you prefer to dodge the crowds and experience skiing as it used to be, then this is the place for you. Hanmer Springs is the gateway to Molesworth station and Rainbow station as well as the beautiful Lake Tennyson. Scenic flights operate from a small local airport and offer an excellent view of the mountainous region.
The mountains and valleys surrounding Hanmer Springs provide the perfect setting for rest, relaxation and exploring the great outdoors. Many of the walks pass by some of the oldest forest stands in New Zealand. Kaikoura is not that far away if you want see the abundance of sealife that is available in this part of NZ.