The alpine village of Hanmer Springs has been a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders for many years. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is a major attraction, but the alpine environment with its rivers and mountains make it appealing year round. Gentle pursuits include forest walks, thermal pools, massage therapy, health treatments and golf as well as pure relaxation in the alpine atmosphere.
For more excitement try jet boating on the Waiau River, horse trekking, mountain biking, or bungy from the historic bridge. Hanmer Springs is also surrounded by forests offering over 50km of walking and mountain bike tracks. The seasons bring amazing colours, particularly in autumn and spring, while in winter Hanmer Springs takes advantage of its proximity to Hanmer Springs Ski Area and Mt. Lyford Ski Area.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is set in the charming alpine village of Hanmer Springs and offers 15 thermal pools of various temperatures, so there's a perfect pool for everyone. For families there is a large family activity pool and water slides where the kids can burn off excess energy. Set amongst alpine scenery the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool is great fun and the ideal way to enjoy a day in Hanmer Springs.
Experience the adrenaline rush of going 80km per hour, skimming the river below! Cut corners as turquoise snow melt churns out behind you. White knuckles as the landscape spins 360°. Our experienced drivers will twirl the boat around in just milliseconds. Thrillseekers jet boating is the ultimate way to rocket through the beautiful Canterbury plains whilst absorbing adventure. Buckle up your life jacket, strap in to the boat and get ready to feel exhilarated. Travelling up the stunning Waiau Gorge, there’s no shortage of excitement on this ride. The boat only needs inches of water and the power of the engine thrusts forward. Drama and action are the stuff of movies – until you ride in a jet boat. This is the perfect adventure for those who like a challenge or want to push their limits.
Get muddy on a 4WD quad bike! Plough through streams, mud, forest and rocks - drive over just about every terrain Canterbury has to offer – all on a two hour trip. Follow the guide on an exciting adventure ride through the scenic backyard of Hanmer Springs. Experienced Thrillseeker guides will lead you on a fun and safe trip suitable for all ages. Even if you’ve never ridden before, quad bikes are easy to get the hang of and you’ll be away in no time. The specially designed track through the landscape will ensure non-stop thrills and enjoyment.
Thrillseekers Rafting is the perfect introduction to the excitement of white water rafting, you'll journey down the Waiau River with its beautiful mountain and rural scenery and mixture of serene stretches of water and gentle grade 2 rapids, perfect for the whole family.
Grab a mountain bike and head for the hills for the ultimate mountain biking experience in Hanmer Springs! Travel to the top of Jack’s Pass (3000 ft) by shuttle where you adventure begins! Explore the unique South Island High Country between Jacks Pass and Jollies Pass. The views are magnificent – then ride winds through the Clarence River Valley and tussock lands, over historic Jollies Pass and down through forest into the township. Return to Hanmer and relax in the Hot Springs after your ride.