As soon as you turn off to Hanmer Springs, you know you are heading somewhere special. The scenery is breathtaking.
The town only has a permanent population base of around 1000 people, but its stunning vistas and perfect mix of adventure and relaxation are what draw half a million visitors every year.
Hanmer Springs is the ultimate family retreat, with its laid back, welcoming vibe, there’s no rushing - you can do exactly what you want, when you want. The majority of its adventures are family friendly, so you don’t need to leave the kids at home.
Outside The Pools
From horse treks, to jet boat rides and bungy jumping, Hanmer Springs packs a lot into its small size. Partake in a (friendly) game of mini golf or visit the Animal Park, just a 15 minute walk from the village. It’s popular to hire a village cruiser – picture a golf cart you can pedal – and get some exercise while seeing the sights.
There’s the option of quad bike tours or hiring a mountain bike and exploring the trails around the town, designed for beginners right up to the more advanced rider. In winter, you can hit the slopes at the friendly and affordable Hanmer Springs Ski Area.
Be tempted by the delicious smells wafting out of the multitude of different eateries where you can stop for some old-fashioned Kiwi takeaways, pop into the bakery, or sit down for a scrumptious meal at the array of cafes and restaurants.
Explore the boutique stores, where you’ll find everything you’re after, including the impossible to resist Lolly Pot - one of New Zealand’s most iconic sweet shops.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
The famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is a must visit for any visitor to the village – it is perfect for families. The naturally heated, mineral-rich pools are a great way to unwind and warm up, but the family fun area is where the kids really want to be.
Complete with hydro slides, a lazy river and the thrilling Super Bowl ride, it’s ready for hours of fun.
Of course, there’s also The Spa – an indulgent, award-winning oasis of calm for those that can get away for a couple of hours....