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 winter school holidays:
Hanmer Springs Attractions Jet Boat
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. The team are offering a great deal on Jet Boat tickets for the school holidays, with adult tickets only $60 and child tickets only $35 for tours between 26 September and 8 October 2023! The discount applies automatically at checkout: see their deals page for further details.
Hanmer Springs Attractions also offers bungy jumping, quad biking, off-road buggies, rafting and paintballing, 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. The AquaPlay area and Activity Pool offer 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.
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.