A Week-end in Hanmer Springs

Touchdown in Christchurch and make your way to this picture perfect destination, Hanmer Springs.

Whether seeking a weekend getaway for indulging relaxation or family fun, Hanmer Springs is the picture-perfect destination. After flying into Christchurch, the best way to get to Hanmer Springs is by hiring a car. Along the drive, you can take in the beauty of the region’s natural landscape dotted with a rugged coastline, lush forests, rolling hills of vineyards and towering mountains.

It’s all about the spas!

The geothermal pools at Hanmer Springs are ideal for melting any stress, aches or pains away. The spa has a wide variety of pools for both fun and relaxation including 12 open-air thermal pools, six private indoor thermal pools, and three sulphur pools. All pools provide natural sparkling water of the highest quality, and you can enjoy the new heated resort-style pool with walk-in beach access and the Lazy River. Float the day away while resting in an inner tube in the Lazy River, while the kids enjoy some splashing fun in the Super Bowl and Aqua Play Area with a wide array of awesome water slides and toys.

For the ultimate in pampering, visitors can also enjoy beauty treatments and relaxing massages at the spa where aromatic facials, detoxifying body wraps and Swiss massages are just a few of the delightful services available. Amid all the fun, you can take time out for a bite to eat at the on-premise Garden House Café which serves up delectable lunches and fine a la carte evening dining.


With car hire, it’s easy to explore the treasures and embark on some thrilling adventures in Hanmer Springs Village and Hurunui District without having to rely on alternative transport. For an adrenaline rush, take a drive over to the river canyon in Hanmer Springs for a bungee jump off the Waiau Ferry Bridge. Along with the stunning scenery of alpine surrounds, deep wall canyons and marble rocks, you can jet boat down or water raft the Waiui Gorge. If there’s snow, you can carve up the Hanmer Springs Mountain on skis or snowboards.

For those who enjoy activities with a slower pace, you can climb into the saddle for a horse trek through the countryside, venture along the forest trails or pay a visit to the local farmyard. Spend an afternoon shopping in the village and score a pick with some of the country’s finest giftware, jewellery, beauty products and art.

Drive on down to the popular Hurunui hangouts, where there’s plenty to do. At the Chamberlain Park, you can relax under tall trees, visit the bird aviary and have some fun on the playground, while Motonau Beach is idyllic for leisurely swims and renting a boat for a catch of the day.

Gore Bay

Head along the scenic surfing beach of Gore Bay, complete with great vistas of historic Port Robinson and the Cathedral Cliffs. For the perfect outdoor picnic, take a drive to St. Anne’s Lagoon, where the picturesque reserve features family picnic areas along with walking trails dotted with majestic oak trees. The St. James Conservation Area is a must-see while in Hurunui. There are acres and acres of alpine tussock lands, tawhai forests, mountains and lakes. You can even take a four-wheel drive tour through the region or a bike adventure.

Hanmer Springs is the ideal place to relax, chill out and enjoy many adventures. A weekend getaway is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.