Therapeutic hot pools and outdoor adventure are just a couple of the best things to do in Hanmer Springs.
The Hurunui region is a ultimate family friendly destination, with loads of things to do at any time of the year.
Just 90 minutes drive from Christchurch you'll find Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, a thermal water oasis with a fresh forest backdrop. Each pool has naturally heated thermal water and temperatures range from 34 - 42 degrees Celsius. You can relieve aches and pains in the AquaTherapy pools, rejuvenate in the private hot pools or relax in the many outdoor themed pools. Did we mention the largest waterslide in New Zealand? It's worth staying a few days. The two-day-pass, restaurant and spa treatments on site and accommodation nearby, means there is no need to rush.
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Tick a few adventure activities off your bucket list with Hanmer Springs Attractions(opens in new window). Take an action packed jet boat trip on the wild Waiau River. Your skipper will expertly navigate through the narrow passes, white water rapids with 360 degree spins along the way. Or, do you fancy a bungy jump from 35-metres above the river? You can river-raft or canoe down tumbling rapids. Or, put your driving skills to the test by taking a quad bike or off-road buggy over rugged terrain. Can't decide? Do them all!
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In 1860 the first beer was poured at the Hurunui Hotel(opens in new window) and it's been a popular rest stop ever since. The Hurunui Hotel holds the longest continuous liquor license in New Zealand. Homecooked pub meals and freshly baked cakes are served daily, and you're bound to strike up an interesting conversation with a friendly local at the bar. So, park up the campervan or pitch a tent and experience the hospitality of this little slice of history.
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Hanmer Llamas is fun for the whole family. Lead your friendly llama through town for the day or trek into the hills for a night of camping with your llama (and your gear) in tow. Or, check out the Hanmer Springs Animal Park(opens in new window) which is just 15 minutes walk from the town centre. You can hand-feed the wallabies, see the inquisitive emus and pat the baby farm animals. Guest appearances from ponies means kids aged 3-5 can enjoy pony rides. There is plenty of space for picnics and light refreshments are available. The park is open year round and in all weather conditions.
Walking to the top of Conical Hill is a must-do activity during your visit. Just one hour return walk through the Hanmer Forest to the top, where you will be greeted with views across the Hurunui district. There are many walking trails in the Hanmer Forest, ranging from easy family friendly, pram suitable walks right through to getting to the summit of Mount Isobel.
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The Alpine Pacific Touring Route(opens in new window) is 450 kilometres long and spans from Kaikōura to Christchurch. Stopping at the small towns along the way is part of the charm. From Cheviot, Energy Jet can whisk you up the Hurunui River. You can surf the waves at Gore Bay and explore the nearby Cathedral Cliffs. Or, step back in time with a ride onboard a vintage steam train on the historic Weka Pass Railway. Visit Motunau Beach, a mecca for fishing, diving and seafood. Or, spend time in Amberley for boutique craft shops, garden tours and the golf course. Don't miss the Amberley Farmers Market(opens in new window) on Saturday mornings.