Hanmer for couples & friends

The Heritage Hanmer Springs sits in the heart of Hanmer Springs village, where the historic forest flows park like into the township. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all, but whether you relax or go for a thrill filled trip is entirely up to you. The wide range of rooms available at the Heritage only adds to the dilemma…. the ideal spaces could suit an intimate weekend away as a couple, be comfortable while you’re experiencing a must see destination as part of an NZ tour, a base for an ultimate hens weekend with dining and pampering for the girls, or for an action packed outdoorsy weekend with a group of friends. Who will you take? 

Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the unique geology of this region has gifted Hanmer with a range of attractions. Apart from the thermal hot springs, you can experience the delicious local produce of the alluvial valleys, or taste a local wine at nearby Marblepoint Winery, where the vines grow in the unique marble and limestone based soils formed there. Enjoy fine dining at one of the restaurants just down the road from your Hanmer Springs accommodation– No 31, Chantellinis, Malabar, or Corianders, or watch the big screen and enjoy a hearty meal at Monteiths Brewery Bar. At Isobel’s, where the high studded period ceiling and large windows look onto the hotel’s immaculately landscaped grounds, you can experience seasonal menus of the freshest local produce. 

By day you can do as little or as much as you like; for relaxation why not schedule in a spa treatment or a soak at the hot springs, then spend the remainder of the day reading by the hotel pool, playing tennis, walking through picturesque forest tracks or up Conical Hill to see the 360° views from the top. Hanmer Springs only has a population of around 800, but retail wise is surprisingly well appointed with shops popular throughout the district and known for friendly service, a great range of brands, without the congestion and stress of the big city mall. 

For a more action packed visit there’s bungy jumping from the historic bridge, scenic flights, quad biking, jet boating, and a renowned selection of mountain bike tracks to suit all abilities (as well as hire facilities). There’s also fishing, golf, or helihunting as alternative ways to experience the great outdoors. The Hanmer Springs trout fishing season runs from October to April while salmon fishing in Hanmer Springs runs from November to April.

In the winter the snow capped mountains and occasional snow in the village makes the attractions all the more picturesque and the hot pools more exotic; but also adds a true NZ iconic activity to the mix: the club ski field. Membership fees and involvement of of local farmers and skiing aficionados keeps the Hanmer Ski Area running, while visitors delight in the friendly ski lodge, shorter queues and lower than normal prices. You can rent gear just across the road from the hotel, and there’s also a shuttle available if you want to relax and see the scenery while someone else drives. 

Winter or summer, there’s an escape for everyone at the Heritage Hanmer Springs, and often a host of additional events going on. Just ask the friendly staff for more information.