Top Tips for a Hanmer Springs Getaway

Hanmer Springs is the perfect choice for a getaway from Christchurch: with plenty of activities and dining options on offer and only 90 minutes from the city, it’s a fun and easy option for a night or two away! Here are our top tips of things to do during your time in Hanmer Springs:

Hanmer Springs Attractions
Hanmer Springs Attractions has activities to suit everyone from families to adventure seekers! Jump on Hanmer Springs Attractionsā€™ Jet Boat ride for a thrilling trip along the Waiau Gorge with bumps and spins galore that will have everyone grinning, or check out the other options on offer including rafting, quad biking and off-road buggy adventures, bungy jumping, canoeing, paintballing and claybird shooting!

Walking and biking tracks
Hanmer Springs is surrounded by plenty of walking and biking tracks, so it’s worth taking your trainers and perhaps a mountain bike! From short walks like Conical Hill and the Forest Amble (filled with lots of carved wooden sculptures to find) to suit smaller visitors to longer walks including the Dog Stream Waterfall track and daytrip tramps including climbing Mt Isobel, there is something to suit all ages and abilities. Check out the Hanmer Springs website for further details on the many tracks available.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
A visit to the thermal pools is a must-do on any visit to the village. Kids (and adults!) will love the thrill of the water slides and rides, and adults can relax in the hot pools or treat themselves to a treatment at The Spa. There’s also delicious wood-fired pizza on offer for lunch.

Plenty of places to shop and dine
Hanmer Springs may be small but there are lots of great shopping options! Pop in to browse clothing, homewares, giftware, confectionery and more in the stores along the main road. There are also plenty of coffee, lunch and dining options in the village including the Hanmer Springs Bakery, Powerhouse Cafe, Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar and No. 31 Restaurant.

Accommodation options for all
There’s accommodation to suit all visitors and budgets in Hanmer Springs, from campsites and backpackers to motels and hotels. Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park has a great range from tent and caravan sites to small cabins, motel and apartment units. Hanmer Holiday Homes offers houses for hire in the village in a range of sizes that suit anyone from families to large groups – ideal for a weekend away.


With so much so see and do only a short drive away from the city, Hanmer Springs is the perfect destination for a short getaway from Christchurch!