Hanmer Springs offers stunning scenery and a change of pace only 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch – no wonder it’s a favourite getaway choice for Christchurch families! With plenty to do it’s a great place to visit for a day trip or for a few nights during the spring school holidays:
Kids go free at Hanmer Springs Jet
Jump on Hanmer Springs Attractions’ Jet Boat ride for a thrilling trip along the Waiau Gorge. With plenty of bumps and spins (plus some interesting facts about the river) the whole family will have ear-to-ear grins when the ride ends. One child goes free per paying adult for the school holidays: enter the promo code KIDSGOFREE at the checkout when booking online to get a free child ticket.
Hanmer Springs Attractions also offers bungy jumping, quad biking, rafting, canoeing, paintballing and clay bird shooting, all of which are lots of fun!
Hanmer Springs Animal Park
With lots of farmyard favourites like sheep, alpacas, donkeys and goats (plus Tibetan yak and wallabies) Hanmer Springs Animal Park is a great choice for families to explore. Grab lunch at the café onsite or bring along your own picnic.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
A trip to Hanmer Springs wouldn’t be complete without a soak in the hot pools. With hydroslides, SuperBowl ride and childrens’ play areas there is plenty to keep the kids entertained while the adults relax in the thermal pools. The Tea Kiosk and Grill onsite also makes fantastic wood-fired pizzas for lunch or dinner.
Alpine Crazy Putt & Village Cruisers
For plenty of family fun in the centre of the village, grab a game of mini golf or hire one of the cruiser bikes: seating 2-6 people, they are a fun way to discover the village with a decent bit of pedalling.
Walking and biking tracks
There are loads of walking and biking tracks in Hanmer Springs, so it’s well worth bringing along your cycles! Walking the zigzagging track up Conical Hill is a must, and venture over to the forest area for plenty more walking and biking track options that are well worth doing.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Stuck for ideas about how to treat your special someone? We’ve got some great ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in Christchurch:
Tramway Restaurant – offering a unique dining experience in a cosy environment perfect for date nights, dinner on the Tramway Restaurant is sure to be a hit. The late service is fully booked but there are still tables available for the early service – be in quick to book!
Punting on the Avon – it’s hard to find something more romantic than Punting down the Avon River! Book a 45-minute private tour (the standard 30-minute tours are all shared rides, so make sure you request a private one) and bring along some nibbles to share on board.
Picnicking – picnics are super romantic on a sunny day! Pack a basket and find a cosy spot in the Botanic Gardens, Mona Vale Gardens, on a riverbank – or even head to the top of the Gondola or Godley Head for a picnic with a view!
Adrenaline-filled fun – looking for something a bit more action-packed? Head up to Hanmer Springs Attractions and choose from jet boating, bungy jumping, quad biking, rafting and more for awesome activities that will get your hearts pumping. Pop along to soak in the thermal pools or book in for a couple’s massage at The Spa to make a day of it.
Joining us at any of our Christchurch or Hanmer Springs Attractions on Valentine’s Day? Share your photos on social media with the hashtags #ChristchurchAttractions or #HanmerSpringsAttractions and #ValentinesDay2019!
Christmas is coming up fast, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas we’ve got some great voucher options for you to gift an experience to your loved ones! Christchurch & Hanmer Springs Attractions operate some of the most iconic activities in Christchurch and Canterbury – check out these great present ideas:
Our Tramway Restaurant is the only dining tram operating in New Zealand and offers a unique experience with quality food and top wines – it’s perfect for special occasions or date nights for your friends or family! Gift vouchers are available from our Cathedral Junction booking office or online via our website in many denominations.
Punting on the Avon
A relaxing punt ride along the Avon River is a quintessentially Christchurch experience and makes a great gift! Purchase a gift voucher for our standard shared rides or opt for a 45-minute private ride voucher for two at $100 for a little more romance and luxury. Gift vouchers are available from our Park Punting site at the Antigua Boat Sheds or online via our website.
Hanmer Springs Attractions
For action-loving friends and family you can’t go past a voucher for one of our Hanmer Springs Attractions activities: we offer jet boating, rafting, quad biking, bungy jumping, canoe tours, clay bird shooting and paintballing! Gift vouchers are available from our shop in Hanmer Springs village, from our Cathedral Junction booking office or online via our website. Pair the voucher with a Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools or Hanmer Springs accommodation voucher for a weekend of fun for your loved ones.
Our Tram & Gondola Annual Pass offers unlimited rides on both attractions for one year plus you get great discounts at our retail shop and other activities! A fantastic idea for Christchurch locals (especially families), gift vouchers are available from our Cathedral Junction booking office, our Gondola base station or online via our website.
In addition to these ideas there are also options to purchase vouchers for standard Tram or Gondola tickets via our website so you can start ticking presents off your gift purchase list!
Looking for something different for your next conference, corporate or group event? Check out the fantastic options that Christchurch & Hanmer Springs Attractions have available for you:
Christchurch Gondola – for an event with an amazing view book the Gondola for your next function. Options range from a private lunch for a minimum of 20 people to drinks and canapes or a sit down dinner for up to 180 people. The daytime view from the Gondola’s top station over Christchurch and Lyttelton is breathtaking and the sunset and night lights are just as superb.
Christchurch Tram – fancy your own private tram? Hire one of our heritage trams for a private tour for your team to see the changes in the central city, or to transport your group from one central city venue to another. For something extra enquire about our drinks and canapes package for a bit more luxury – available for up to 80 people.
Tramway Restaurant – book an extra special event on the Tramway Restaurant. Seating up to 36 people over two sections, there are options to hire the whole tram or one of the two sections. Private lunches and afternoon teas are also available on request for dining with a difference on our elegant tram car. An unforgettable experience.
Hanmer Springs Attractions – there are activities galore at Hanmer Springs Attractions. Jump on our Hanmer Springs Jet Boat for some thrilling fun that will have everyone grinning, grab the paintball guns for an epic battle or try to best the rest of the team at clay bird shooting. There’s also rafting, quad biking and canoeing available for smaller groups. Only 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch and with the hot pools in the village and various wineries on the way, Hanmer Springs makes for a great day trip for your next team outing.
Enquire with us about your next event: we’re happy to help to ensure your function is one to remember!