Things to do

Hanmer Springs, located 134km north of Christchurch is famous for its thermal pools. With 3 Hexagonal pools (38c - 40c), 4 Rock pools (38c), 2 Rainbow pool (37c), 3 Sulphur pools (40c - 42c), a Family Activity pool and Waterslide, a 25m Freshwater heated pool, 6 private thermal pools and private sauna and steam rooms.

With two ski fields close by, Hanmer Springs Ski Area around 45 minutes drive away and Mt Lyford Ski Field around 1.5 hours drive away.

Hanmer Springs is the perfect getaway for outdoor lovers. Hanmer Heritage Forest is full with walking tracks and mountain bike tracks, with walking tracks suitable for all levels from short strolls to all day hikes.

There are a lot of adventure sports available from bungy jumping to quad biking. Contact Thrillseekers or The Adventure Centre for more information (websites available on our links page).

You can relax after a day of outdoor fun at one of Hanmer's many massage and beauty treatment spas. Hanmer Springs Massage and Beauty located on Jollies Pass Rd offers a range of treatments including the indulgent hot stone massage, The Spa is located next to the Thermal Pools.

Hanmer also has a Nature Park for the family and quilt shop at Wai ariki Nature Park on Rippingale Road.

A wide range of restaurants offer options from a pub meal, to Indian, or from fine dining to fish and chips. If you are in the mood for eating in for the night, most of the restaurants provide a takeaway service as well.

Up and Coming Events


Hanmer Springs Christmas Parade and Christmas carols From Friday 15th December 2017

A fantastic community event for all the families to enjoy.

4pm Entertainment & bouncy castle on the village green
6pm Santa Parade in the Village
6.45pm Face painting & meeting Santa
8.00pm Carols at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools featuring Hanmer Springs Choir and The Noteables Band

Friday 15th December

Christmas School Holidays 2017 From Friday 15th December 2017 to Wednesday 31st January 2018

Santa is coming to Heritage Hanmer Springs From Sunday 17th December 2017

Bring your children to Heritage Hotel, Hanmer Springs and let them meet Santa. Karl Van Beek will be taking photos for $10.00. Visit Santa between 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 17th December

Christmas day dining From Monday 25th December 2017

HERITAGE HOTEL
Join the Heritage for a Christmas Day Lunch Buffet - Seating from 12.30pm-3.00pm $110.00 per adult - $55.00 per child. (Children up to 12 years) *Conditions apply. children under 5 are complimentary when dining with a paying adult.
Phone 03 315 0065 to make your booking (Pre booking & Pre Payment essential)

BRAEMAR LODGE
Situated approx 15 minutes from Hanmer Springs Village, Braemar Lodge offers stunning views and a delicious buffet lunch on Christmas Day.
Bookings Essential Phone 03 315 7555


MK RESTAURANT
Situated in Chisholm Crescent MK Restaurant will be open for dining from 12-5pm
Phone 03 3155323 to book your table

PETRA KEBAB SHOP
Located opposite the Heritage Hotel, Petra Kebabs will be open for takeaways. (Some tables available)

MALABAR RESTAURANT
Located on Conical Hill Road near the Heritage Hotel, Malabar Restaurant will be open from 5pm - late on Christmas Night.
Phone 03 3157705 to book your table.

Christmas 2017 - New Years 2018 From Tuesday 26th December 2017 to Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Waitangi Day Weekend 2018 From Friday 2nd February 2018 to Sunday 4th February 2018

Minimum two night bookings over this period.

Hanmer 4 8 Hour MTB Race From Saturday 17th March 2018

The Hanmer 4 & 8 Hour MTB race is held annually and is a great event for all with team and individual racing. Visit www.visithanmersprings.co.nz for more information.

Easter 2018 From Friday 30th March 2018 to Sunday 1st April 2018

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies - Netball, Cricket and Basketball From Sunday 1st April 2018 to Sunday 8th April 2018

A month long celebration of Christchurch and Golden Oldies Sports
Fun, Friendship and Fraternity
First week of April for Netball, Cricket and Basketball

Visit christchurchgoldenoldies.com for further details.

Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies - Softball and Golf From Sunday 8th April 2018 to Sunday 15th April 2018

A month long celebration of Christchurch and Golden Oldies Sports
Fun, Friendship and Fraternity
Second week of April for Softball and Golf

Visit christchurchgoldenoldies.com for further details.

April - School Holidays 2018 From Friday 13th April 2018 to Saturday 28th April 2018

Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies - Hockey, Football and Squash From Sunday 15th April 2018 to Sunday 22nd April 2018

A month long celebration of Christchurch and Golden Oldies Sports
Fun, Friendship and Fraternity
Third week of April for Hockey, Football and Squash.

Visit christchurchgoldenoldies.com for further details.

Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies - Rugby and Lawn Bowls From Sunday 22nd April 2018 to Sunday 29th April 2018

A month long celebration of Christchurch and Golden Oldies Sports
Fun, Friendship and Fraternity
Last week of April for Rugby and Lawn Bowls

Visit christchurchgoldenoldies.com for further details.

Hanmer Springs Four Square Half Marathon 10km Race From Saturday 5th May 2018

Starting at the Hanmer Springs Domain racing up Clarence Valley Road into the Hanmer Springs forest.

Bivouac Mt Isobel Challenge 2018 From Saturday 26th May 2018

An annual mountain duathlon raced by individuals and teams. The race involves a 8km, 1000m ascent mountain-run and 22 km mountain bike ride through Hanmer Springs amazing scenery. For more information visit www.visithanmersprings.co.nz.

Queen's Birthday Weekend 2018 From Friday 1st June 2018 to Sunday 3rd June 2018

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Hanmer Salsa Festival From Friday 6th July 2018 to Sunday 8th July 2018

The annual Winter Salsa festival is a fun filled weekend for beginners and seasoned dancers alike with Latin dance workshops in the afternoon & salsa parties at night. For more information visit www.hanmersalsa.com.

September - October School Holidays 2018 From Friday 28th September 2018 to Saturday 13th October 2018

Labour Weekend 2017 From Friday 19th October 2018 to Sunday 21st October 2018

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Canterbury Show Weekend 2018 From Thursday 15th November 2018 to Saturday 17th November 2018

Minimum two night bookings over this period.

Christmas school holidays 2017 From Friday 21st December 2018 to Monday 24th December 2018

Christmas - New years 2018 From Tuesday 25th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

New years Holidays 2019 From Thursday 3rd January 2019 to Saturday 26th January 2019

April School Holidays 2019 From Friday 12th April 2019 to Saturday 27th April 2019

Easter 2019 From Friday 19th April 2019 to Sunday 21st April 2019

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Queens Birthday Weekend 2019 From Friday 31st May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

July School Holidays 2019 From Friday 5th July 2019 to Saturday 20th July 2019

September -October School Hoildays 2019 From Friday 27th September 2019 to Saturday 12th October 2019

Labour Weekend 2019 From Friday 25th October 2019 to Sunday 27th October 2019

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Canterbury Show Weekend 2019 From Thursday 14th November 2019 to Saturday 16th November 2019

Christmas Holidays 2019 From Friday 20th December 2019 to Tuesday 24th December 2019

Christmas - New Years 2019 From Wednesday 25th December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.