For those who love travelling, whether in groups or solo, a road trip from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs is a must. This delightful little village is packed with spas and hot springs, adventure activities, and quaint cafés & restaurants.
How to Reach Hanmer by Road
Situated in the Hurunui District, a drive to Hanmer would take about 90 minutes from Christchurch if you take the Alpine Pacific Touring Route (excluding stops). Getting a car rental in Christchurch would be the most convenient option as it will allow you to stop along the way whenever you wish and check out any local attractions on your journey.
Places Worth Exploring En-Route
As you go along the Alpine Pacific Touring Route, you will pass through the charming coastal towns of Woodend in the Waimakariri District and Amberley in the Hurunui District. Stop over at the Waipara Valley for a break at one of the country’s fastest growing wine regions. Sample some award-winning wines and sumptuous fare in Waipara before you continue on to Hanmer.
Things to Do in Hanmer
Once you reach Hanmer, there are plenty of activities on offer that will rejuvenate you completely. Whether you’re looking to simmer down or get pumped up, Hanmer has something for everyone.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
From thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools to private sauna and steam rooms, immerse yourself in the hot springs and relax. You could also treat yourself to a massage and body treatment at a day spa as well.
Explore Forests and Farms
When you are done soaking in the springs, venture out to the surrounding forest lands and follow a network of hike trails. Take a stroll over hills and parks for a half or full day hike. Check out the St. James Conservation Area with its acres of beautiful landscape, Wai Ariki Farm Park with its diverse farm animals, and Hanmer Forest Park for its walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Those looking for exciting adventure sports can head over to Thrillseekers Adventures. Their activities include white-water rafting, bungy jumping, jet boat riding and quad biking. If you prefer skiing and snow-boarding, then Hanmer Springs Ski Area and Mt. Lyford Alpine Resort is the perfect place to go to during winters.
With plenty of cafes and restaurants to refuel you when you tire, and cosy accommodations to suit every budget, Hanmer Springs is an absolute delight for those looking for a relaxing getaway.