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Hanmer Springs enjoys long warm summer days and nights leading into bright colourful autumn days where relaxation and fun are paramount to a great getaway.
Two daily shuttle buses connect travellers from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch and back. Hanmer village is the gateway to the Molesworth station, Lake Tennyson and Rainbow station. During summer months, gravel roads through the Rainbow Valley to St Arnaud and the Nelson Lakes National Park, and through the Molesworth Station to Blenheim, Picton, and the Marlborough region are frequented by travellers using four-wheel drives, and guided tour groups.
It is not unusual for Hanmer Springs temperatures in summer to be at or close to the nations high over the Jan/Feb 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:
- walking / tramping
- biking or mountain biking
- swimming in the rivers or world famous thermal pools
- quad biking
- bungy jumping
- jet boating
- team-building activities
- spa treatments
All four seasons definitely show up in Hanmer Springs and autumn attracts beautiful colour 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 autumn, you can see the golden and rust tree leaves covering the paths everywhere in the village. Autumn days are soothing and comfortable, with spectacular surroundings, giving a wonderful and fresh 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. Package deals exist and 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.
4.5 star, modern, affordable, 2 bedroom, spacious, boutique units. Free Wi-Fi, free DVD hire, free pool towels, disabled access, non smoking, private patio, air-conditioned, kids play area in huge backyard, Freeview TV. In-house massage available