Hanmer Springs is purpose-built for rest and rejuvenation. There’s never a dull moment while you work your way through the area’s outdoor adventures.

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Situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps 90 minutes from Christchurch, the resort town of Hanmer Springs is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Local activities are all about experiencing the beautiful alpine environment.

Go forest hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking, skiing (in winter), bungy jumping or jet boating. A round of golf (mini or regular) is another option. At the end of the day, head for the iconic thermal reserve to soak in the naturally heated pools – or treat yourself to a range of indulgent spa therapies.

There’s a modern shopping centre and plenty of choice when it comes to meal times.

Functional facts: Approx. population 750, visitor’s centre, good range of shops and services.