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.
Power through the spectacular Waiau River canyon with spins and thrills galore on this action-packed Hanmer Springs Jet Boat ride. Experience travelling across just centimetres of water and rotating through exhilarating spins as your qualified and professional driver navigates you through narrow gorges and braided shallows. A must-do activity suited to both adventure-seekers and families alike.
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 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.
Hanmer Springs Rafting is the perfect introduction to the excitement of river 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.