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. If you fancy a round of golf, drop by the Hanmer Springs Golf Club. The course boasts some of North Canterbury's finest scenery which takes you on a journey through stunning views of the alpines.
A hike up to Conical Hill is a must do when you are in Hanmer Springs. Starting from the "Banana House" on the Village Green in the centre of Hanmer Springs and steadily climbs to the summit then complete the circular walk by taking the track through the Larch Reserve to Rutherford Crescent.
If you wish to bike, the friendly folk at Hanmer Adventure (just across the road from the Heritage Hanmer hotel) will not only hire you the equipment you need, but also advise you on tracks, and have a range of increasingly challenging mountain biking available for the kids to progress to. If your children don’t bike but have energy to burn then the rewarding trek up Conical Hill is just one of the walks in the district –enjoy the 360 degree views at the top, and take some provisions to enjoy at the picnic tables up there. Hanmer Adventure also hire ski and snowboard equipment in winter, handy for visiting the Hanmer Ski Area.
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.
Sometimes it’s nice to just have the action all organised… paintball anyone? Other guaranteed crowd pleasers depending on their ages include jet boating, quad biking or bungy jumping off the historic bridge over the Waiau river. There’s also rafting on the Waiau, luckily at just grade two it’s suitable for a wide range of abilities. The Hanmer Springs Animal Park is handy to the village, and has a range of animals kids love: Llamas, Tibetan yaks, rabbits, guinea pigs and goats all feature, and many of them can be hand-fed; then there is also the horse drawn taxi, and horse trekking. Parents are catered for with a café and gallery.