School Holidays Guide To Hanmer Springs

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 school holidays:

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. The 2-hour Rafting trip on the gentle grade 2 Waiau River (including return Jet Boat ride) is also perfect for families as is the 2-hour Off-Road Buggy tour over private farmland and riverbank trails (a minimum age of 6 years applies for a child to be a passenger in the two-seat buggy). Hanmer Springs Attractions also offers bungy jumping, 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 water buffalo 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 and Conical Thrill rides 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.