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

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

Rhythm Interactive Drum SHow From Saturday 13th October 2018

Rhythm interactive Dum show
A fun family friendly interactive performance, suitable for children from 5 years old. Held at the Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall on Saturday 13 October at 1pm.
Adults $15 and children 5-13 $10.

Waiau Pig hunt From Friday 19th October 2018 to Sunday 21st October 2018

Annual Waiau Pig Hunt over Labour weekend. Fundraiser to help rebuild, operate and maintain the Waiau school pool. Great spot prizes and major prizes to be won over the weekend.
To enter or for more information see Waiau Pig Hunting competition on facebook page
or email

Labour weekend 2018 From Friday 19th October 2018 to Sunday 21st October 2018

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Art In A Garden 2018 From Thursday 25th October 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018

Now in its 16th year, this is North Canterburys annual art event, set in an incredible venue - Flaxmere Garden.

Sculpture, paintings, prints and photograhy, ceramics, glass and jewellery are exhibited throughout the garden and in the farm barn gallery.
The event is a great opportunity to see a part of North Canterbury, at its best a relaxing day out.

Hawarden is just an hours drive north from Christchurch. Follow the signs once you reach Waipara. With approximately 100 artists on board from all around New Zealand, come and engage and view our artists installations, set in the incredible garden. All art is for sale; come and ponder, admire and buy! For more details check them out online at

Christmas Country Fete 2018 From Sunday 28th October 2018

In its new location for the second year, the Christmas Country Fete will be held at the Glenmark Domain.

Join thousands of people from around New Zealand, in attending the countries biggest and most popular Fete. The days features over 200 Stallsm bursting with hundreds of gift ideas, along with fresh food and wine. Get your Christmas shopping underway, while enjoying the live entertainment and demonstrations.

Event hours: 10am - 4pm.
General Admission from $21.00. Package prices with Art in the garden and White Tie Picnic Lunchbox. For further info or to purchase tickets see their website.

Waiau Community Fireworks From Saturday 3rd November 2018

A fun filled, family orientated evening with a great rural community feel that culminates in an amazing Fireworks display set off at dark.Loads of entertainment for kids of all ages - bouncy castles, mini jeeps, face painting, lolly scramble, magic show, with plenty of other activities for the older kids.

Please Note: NO personal fireworks to be permitted on site, no open fires or flames. Police and St John presence on the night.

Gates open at 5pm, Leader Road in Waiau.
$10.00 gate entry for adults and over 5s, preschooler free, or $40 for a car load.
See Waiau Fireworks Facebook page for more information.

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

Minimum two night bookings over this period.

The Molesworth Run 2018 From Saturday 17th November 2018

The gravelled road climbs Ward Pass 1145m and descends into Isolated Flat. Expansive grass and tussock lands, bounded by rolling mountains and massive scree slopes. Once at Red Gate the road loosely follows the Acheron River through to the historic Acheron Accommodation house. From here we follow the Clarence to Jack’s Pass – and there into the North Canterbury village of Hanmer Springs – finishing outside the famous Hanmer thermal spa. – A total distance of 84km.

Visit or for more information.

Hanmer Holiday Homes Marathon 2018 From Saturday 1st December 2018

The race runs from Lake Tennyson high in the alpine environment of the St James and Molesworth Stations following the Clarence River along quiet gravel roads, and crossing Jacks Pass before descending to the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs.

Walkers and Juniors are welcome to complete the half marathon and 10km, there will be a separate category for these competitors.

Please note
-This event has limited competitor numbers.
-Be sure to register as soon as registration begins.
-Transport to the beginning will be by bus only.

Enquiries can be emailed to
Please visit the Hanmer Events website for further details.

Christmas School Holidays 2018 From Friday 21st December 2018 to Monday 24th December 2018

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

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

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

Amuri AP show 2019 From Saturday 2nd March 2019

The 103rd Amuri Show to be held in Rotherham at the Amuri Show Grounds. A fun family day out with a great range of delicious food available.
Animal judging, Steer riding, Sheep Counting, a vast range of trade exhibitors, Wearable Arts, Arable, Cooking and Home Industries, Poultry, Art, Flowers, Vegetables and Fruits, Needlework and Handcraft and plenty more!

North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival 2018 From Sunday 10th March 2019

Set under the Oaks at Glenmark Domain the Waipara Valley Wine and Food Festival is an independent Fete like event that celebrates North Canterbury wineries alongside local food producers and restaurants from the region.
For more information see

Hanmer 4 8 Hour MTB Race 2019 From Saturday 16th March 2019

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

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

Easter 2019 From Thursday 18th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon, 10km and 5km 2019 From Saturday 4th May 2019

The race Half Marathon and 10km begin at The Domain and takes you up Jacks Pass Road approx 2km before you turn off into the picturesque Hanmer Forest. this leads you through the forest where you will join up with the 5km runners on Jacks Pass Road before entering the Heritage Forest and finishing at the Hanmer Springs School.

Bivouac Outdoor Mt Isobel Challenge 2019 From Saturday 25th May 2019

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

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

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

Minimum two night bookings over this period.

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

Christmas - New Year 2019 From Tuesday 24th December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

New Year Holidays 2020 From Friday 3rd January 2020 to Sunday 26th January 2020

Easter 2020 From Thursday 9th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

April School Holidays 2020 From Friday 10th April 2020 to Sunday 26th April 2020

ANZAC 2020 Long weekend From Friday 24th April 2020 to Sunday 26th April 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Queens Birthday Weekend 2020 From Friday 29th May 2020 to Sunday 31st May 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

July School Holidays 2020 From Friday 3rd July 2020 to Sunday 19th July 2020

September School Holidays 2020 From Friday 25th September 2020 to Sunday 11th October 2020

Labour Weekend 2020 From Friday 23rd October 2020 to Sunday 25th October 2020

Minimum three night bookings over this period.

Canterbury Show weekend 2020 From Thursday 12th November 2020 to Saturday 14th November 2020

Minimum two night bookings over this period.

Christmas School Holidays 2020 From Friday 18th December 2020 to Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Christmas - New Year 2021 From Thursday 24th December 2020 to Saturday 2nd January 2021

Minimum three night bookings over this period.