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Copyright: Christchurch NZ. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

Summer or winter, Hanmer Springs is a buzzing hive of activity for visitors. Visitors flock to the world-renowned Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa to relax in the hot springs or pamper themselves at the spa. Set in a stunningly scenic alpine area, Hanmer Springs offers so many opportunities for photographers and artists, or visitors can just relax in the hot pools and soak up the beauty of the forest, nature reserves and mountain vistas.

Copyright: Christchurch NZ. Hanmer Springs thermal pools at sunset
Copyright: Christchurch NZ. Hanmer Springs thermal pools

The premier attraction at Hanmer Springs is the outstanding Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, judged BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION in the New Zealand Tourism Awards three years running; 2004, 2005 and 2006, and awarded the Best Natural Bathing Spa at the inaugural Australasia Spa Association’s Spas of Excellence Awards, 2008.

Hanmer Springs ski area
Skiing at Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Shuttle to Hanmer Springs ski field

Close to Hanmer Springs lies the Hanmer Springs ski area, a friendly country ski field for all ages and stages of skiers and snowboarders. Operated by the Amuri Ski Club, the field has good skiing for beginning to experienced skiers and can also accommodate snowboarders with natural and groomed pipe riding. The season runs from early July until mid-September, and the field is open from dawn to dusk.

With easy access by road and air to the wilderness areas of the South Island, close to several beautiful forest parks, Hanmer Springs offers outstanding opportunities for freshwater fishing for both salmon and trout. All the keen fisherman needs is the right gear and a little determination. There are many outstanding fishing spots within the nearby Lake Sumner State Forest Park, Molesworth Station and the Waiau, Hurunui and Clarence and Rainbow rivers, to name just a few. Some are more difficult to access than others, but all offer splendid angling in an outstanding scenic setting. Fishing licences are essential, and available from the Adventure Centre. See our friendly staff to discuss options for helicopter flights to remote wilderness fishing spots.

From the mountains to the plains, and on to the coast, the Alpine Pacific Triangle is a premier touring route covering the entire North Canterbury area. Follow the route markers to experience whale and seal watching, heritage farmstay and tours, the most popular hot Springs in the South Island, wine-tasting and fine dining, Maori cultural experiences and adventure skiing, four-wheel driving, tramping, fishing and hunting.

There’s nothing like the thrill of jetboating on New Zealand’s rivers – in fact, we invented it! New Zealand’s Bill Hamilton pioneered jet boat design in the 1950s and since then it’s become a premier outdoor activity worldwide. Jetboat down the stunning Waiau River Gorge. Feel the thrills as you twist and turn between the steep rocky walls of the Waiau Gorge, passing within centimeters of rocks and steep cliff faces and over whitewater rapids. Experience the speed and excitement of a jetboat journey along one of New Zealand’s famous braided rivers. Hang on tight for the famous Hamilton Jet 360 degree spin!

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