Eat, Drink and Shopping

Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps, the unique geology of this region has gifted Hanmer with a range of attractions. Experience the delicious local produce of the alluvial valleys, or taste a local wine at nearby Waiau River Estate, where the vines grow in the unique marble and limestone based soils formed there. 

Enjoy fine dining at Isobel's Restaurant, 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. 

The North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail showcases North Canterbury’s local flavours - fantastic food, Waipara Valley wine, authentic food and wine itineraries and passionate people. Discover fresh seasonal produce, savour wine tasting and wine tours, enjoy cafe or restaurant dining, relax in idyllic rural accommodation and experience an easy pace of life just twenty minutes north of Christchurch. The North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail encapsulates the world famous wine region of Waipara Valley, as well as Rangiora, Oxford and Hanmer Springs. Waipara Valley is a food and wine lover's paradise with dozens of vineyards, incredible winery restaurants and a number of quite unique food producers including olive and truffle growers along with an amazing venison farm.

You'll find plenty to add to your wardrobe with shops like Rhom, Mhor, LifeStyles Hanmer Springs or Majuba Gallery. Unique souvenirs can be found in the galleries and gift shops where you can spend hours browsing. One must do shopping stop is the The Decadent Fudge Co. The fudge are handcrafted and each flavour in small batches so that it is as fresh as it can be.

All the region's towns have some amazing cafe's specialising in quality, homegrown dishes making the most of local produce.  The coffee is excellent too and the region is also known for some excellent homemade baking to go with it.