School Holidays Guide To Hanmer Springs

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School Holidays Guide To Hanmer Springs

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

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.

Looking for fresh ideas for a romantic evening out?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018


There are plenty of new restaurants popping up all over Christchurch at the moment, so it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose one for a special occasion. The Tramway Restaurant first began operating in January 2000, and after reopening in 2014 after the quakes with new catering partners Continental on board, the tram is now offering a better experience than ever. Here’s why:

Quality food

It’s pretty tough operating from a small kitchen that’s constantly on the move but chefs Christian, Iran and the team do a great job of whipping up dishes you would expect from any quality restaurant. The Tramway Restaurant’s set menu offers a choice of three entrees, four mains and three desserts plus some canapes to start and caters for a range of dietary requirements.

Local drops

There is a lot of effort put into curating the beverage list, which includes New Zealand wines from great wineries (including from Pegasus Bay, Greystone, Muddy Water and Torlesse who are all based 40-minutes north of Christchurch in Waipara) plus craft beers from local Christchurch breweries Three Boys Brewery, Eagle Brewing and Cassels & Sons Brewing.

Unique scenery

Why settle for the same old scenery when you can dine on board a moving vehicle to see a range of central city sights? The route is 4km long and the tram usually makes three laps of the circuit during service travelling in different directions. Every seat is a window seat, and the cosy tables create an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic date night.

Friendly staff

There is a great team of staff on board the Tramway Restaurant who are committed to offering you top service for a fantastic night out. Anita, Lynne and the team look forward to seeing you on board.


The Tramway Restaurant only has 36 seats on board, so booking in advance to secure a seat is recommended – bookings can be made by phoning 03 366 7830 or via the website. Bon appetite!

The best things about spring in Christchurch

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

The best things about spring in Christchurch

The Botanic Gardens are in bloom

You know spring is here when the beautiful Daffodil Woodland starts flowering and is filled with locals and tourists taking plenty of photo shots amongst the daffodils. Plus, the magnolia and cherry trees are starting to blossom and are looking stunning. Jump on board a punt or Botanic Gardens Tour for some fantastic photo opportunities or wander down for a leisurely stroll through the gardens.


It’s warm enough to get back outside

Nobody likes being cooped up inside during winter, so it’s great to be able to get back outside once spring arrives. Head up the hills to try out a new walking or biking track (there are plenty around Victoria Park, and other walking tracks that are accessible from the Gondola’s top station).


Aperol Spritz at O.G.B – photo credit O.G.B

It’s about to get lighter for longer

Spring means daylight savings is on its way and the evenings are starting to warm up – it’s a great chance to pop out to try one of the new bars and restaurants that have opened over winter (like the various venues at The Terrace) or to revisit some old favourites (O.G.B now have covered outdoor seating).


Tram 178 in New Regent Street – photo credit ChristchurchNZ

There’s more life in the city

Warmer weather brings more people into the city – take advantage of the cheap parking (The Crossing car park is $2 for two hours, and the Lichfield Street car park is free for the first hour) to wander into the central city to see what has been happening over winter. Hoyts EntX will be opening their cinema and eatery complex soon and the new central library Turanga opens next month, plus there are some new exhibitions at the Canterbury Museum and Art Gallery. A gelato from Rollickin is always a favourite in warmer weather too. Jump on a tram to make your way between the sites.

Enjoy the sunshine!