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New Zealand’s ‘Other’ Alpine Resort Town

Ask virtually anyone to name an alpine resort town in New Zealand where you can experience; bungy jumping, white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, jet boating, hunting, and a round of golf, and the chances are their answer will be Queenstown. If thermal hot pools, water slides, spa & massage treatments, all within an easy 130km drive of a City are added to the mix then the only one answer is…Hanmer Springs.

Located near the base of the Southern Alps northwest of Christchurch on the northern route to the West Coast, Hanmer Springs is a perfect destination for rest and rejuvenation, alpine and outdoors adventures, and short break weekends for individuals and families. If you are visiting from The North Island or from overseas and arriving at Christchurch Airport and hiring a car, the staff from Rental Cars New Zealand can help you with your rental vehicle and provide you with information brochures about the Hanmer region.

Hanmer Thermal Pools and Spa

The pool facility is a key feature of Hanmer Springs and is located in the town centre. Opening hours are 10am until 9pm everyday except Christmas Day. Whether you choose to relax in one of the thermal pools or spend time in the family pool or on one of the exhilarating superbowl or waterslide rides with your children, this is an ideal place to spend a day. Spa and Massages treatments as well as sauna and steam rooms are available for those seeking a higher degree of relaxation.

Food & Dining

Hanmer offers a broad variety of food and dining options. There is a small supermarket for those who prefer to do their own catering, several takeaway food options, as well as a good choice of cafes, bars and quality restaurants.


As a tourist destination, Hanmer offers a very good range of accommodation options including holiday parks, backpacker hostels, holiday homes and baches, family-friendly motels, luxury apartments, and boutique hotels. During peak holiday periods the town is a popular destination so it is advisable to book in advance.

Hanmer is an alpine resort destination that we recommend you visit as part of a South Island roadtrip, for a weekend getaway, or just a place to relax. Once you are there, it is a difficult place to leave.

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