Hanmer Springs is a lovely small village set in an alpine environment on the edge of the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. The village is located at an altitude of approximately 400 metres (1300 feet). This provides a crisp clear climate, with snow falling during winter on several occasions. The geothermal nature of the area has provided the beautiful Thermal Springs Reserve in which to relax, and it is second to none other in New Zealand.
The combination of the colder climate and the thermal pools normally sitting at 25-42 degrees Celsius, or 77-18 degrees Fahrenheit is both invigorating and relaxing. The lucky guests get to soak in the thermal pools when it is snowing (for no extra charge) - how lucky are they?
Located in the Hurunui District about 90 minutes by car north of Christchurch, the main city in the South Island, Hanmer Springs sits under the towering mountains which form the backbone of the South Island.
No matter what the season, there is a range of activities available catering for all tastes. From rest and relaxation to adrenaline activities and everything in between, there is something for everyone in Hanmer Springs.
Hanmer Springs activities we love the most
Hanmer Springs winters are cold, and snow falls regularly. There are times when the land is covered with snow as far as the eye can see. In summer it can be as hot as many other parts of New Zealand. Frequently in summer Hanmer Springs achieves the nation’s highest temperature for the day. The autumn show time, of golden and rust covered tree leaves is a sight to be seen.
When the crowds have gone back to the big city and life is only interrupted by a few tourists and a host of campervans, the idyllic Hanmer Springs really shines. There is no rush, bustle and clock watching. Time becomes irrelevant and the true pleasure of a relaxed lifestyle begins.
If you crave a generally quite environment, clean air, therapeutic thermal hot pools and spa, forest greenery, and as many or few distractions as you wish to keep you happy and fulfilled. Hanmer Springs is the holiday destination for you.