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Two daily shuttle buses connect travellers from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch and back.
Hanmer village is the gateway and destination to a winter wonderland. During winter months, frequent snowfalls and beautiful alpine scenery are the backdrop to a great winter getaway. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools turn into a magical playground for all visitors.
It is not unusual for Hanmer Springs temperatures in winter to be at or close to the nations low over the July/Aug period, due to the location being inland and alpine, away from coastal influences.
There are so many outdoor pursuits for travellers to engage in, listed below are a few of the more popular ones:
Hanmer Springs has a local ski field just 20km from the village, which is run by the Amuri Ski Club Inc. This is the most affordable and friendly ski area in New Zealand with daily lessons and full ski hire for both beginners and advanced skiers and boarders. When the ski fun is over the day, who can resist a soak in the Thermal Pools to stretch and take away those aches and pains.
All four seasons definitely show up in Hanmer Springs and spring ttracts beautiful colour and life to the whole surrounds from the extensive forestry and tree planting of exotic trees in the early 20th century. These magnificent trees are everywhere and now over 100 years old, so splendour and shade are given to all who admire this rare planted district, difficult to find anywhere else in New Zealand.
In Spring, you can see the new buds and lingering snowy mountain tops everywhere surrounding the village. Spring days are fresh and comfortable, with spectacular surroundings, giving a wonderful and revitalising start to every morning. You will be sure to love the magnificent warm sunshine in the morning. Undoubtedly, it is a favourite time of the year for many visitors.
Accommodation is always near capacity on Saturday nights however a great alternative stay is midweek when the weekend crowds are not present. You can stroll through towering forests without seeing another human. For those who wish to research where to stay Tripadvisor is probably the best place to start. The award winning Hanmer Apartments caters to all types with its modern, spacious, affordable 2brm units.