Hanmer Springs

Cold in winter, hot in summer

mtbikeNotice: this region experienced some minor damage during the earthquakes of November 2016 however all services and amenities are functioning as before the earthquakes.

Situated in a high country basin 385 m above sea level in the north Canterbury district, Hanmer is a thermal resort town in the Hurunui district 90 minutes drive north of Christchurch accessible by car or daily bus services.

The main feature of the town is the thermal pool complex is where you can relax in one of the many pools. Most are just chlorinated fresh water with some minerals added back in, with two small pools with lightly treated natural thermal water. For the children, there are play pools and a water-slide.

Admission is expensive, but you can be there for the whole day or get a multi pass ticket. The complex also has a beauty therapy/massage service. For children there are cooler pools and a waterside. The complex usually closes at 9.00 pm.


For the adventurous, try jet boating and rafting on the Amuri River, bungy jumping, skiing at the nearby Amuri Ski Field, or go four wheel driving over the many trails through the hills where you will find snowy alpine passes and challenging riverbeds.

For mountain bike enthusiasts, there are many trails with on and off road areas to explore.

Other activities are fishing, walking, golf & mini golf, scenic flights, quad bike hire and around the town are many exotic forests where you will find delightful easy seasonal walkways.

In summer it can be very hot and dry, in autumn, splendid colours with wild blackberries, in winter, bare branches, sometimes snow or frosts, and in spring, the green of new buds and leaves.


Hanmer hot pools.

A perfect day in Hanmer may be a stroll up conical hill before breakfast, followed by an adventure, then lunch and a soak in the pools before dining in one of the many restaurants. (The Conical Hill walk can be done in an hour).

There is a wide range of accommodation from backpackers upward.

In the right image, a cyclist enjoys riding through the autumn colours along the many miles of cycling and walking trails.

Hurunui district

Driving from Christchurch


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