About Hanmer Springs

Only a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is an alpine spa resort set in the foothills of New Zealand's majestic Southern Alps. Far removed (but not too far) from the city, surrounded by towering forests and blessed with geo-thermal pools, this charming holiday destination is beloved by weeekenders, wedding parties, family gatherings and conference attendees. 

You can land at Christchurch International Airport and in no time be mountain biking through stunning alpine scenery, soaking in the natural spring hot pools, experiencing exhileration on the river, or enjoying fine local wines and celebrated Canterbury cuisine.

Facilities surrounding the thermal pools in Hanmer were established in 1879 and the existing site of the hotel has been hosting guests since 1897. Now a famed and award winning alpine resort sought after for weddings, conferences, trips away with friends, couples’ retreats and family holidays; the current Spanish Mission style hotel building is a sparkling refinement of what it once was. Read more about the history of the Heritage Hanmer Springs Hotel.

Nearby, St James Cycle Trail is a mountain-bike enthusiast's dream with a 64km loop guaranteeing alpine adventure, crystal-clear air and spectacular scenery. This cycle trail near Hanmer Springs was the first of the Great Rides to be opened, and offers riders of all levels some exceptional riding. Spring mountain bike riding is particularly picturesque with the alpine meadows in bloom, but in summer wild horses can be seen grazing the river flats. Heritage Hanmer Springs Hotel has all the facilities to help you get on your bike and help you relax after a ride on the trails.

Here are just a few things you can enjoy (remember, the concierge will help you make the most of your stay in Hanmer Springs):

  • Snowboard or ski the beautifully groomed trails of the Hanmer Springs Ski Area
  • Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or just relax in the therapeutic thermal pools
  • Sample and savour local produce and cuisine
  • Play a round of golf
  • Get on the water: jet boating was invented just downstream or try white water rafting
  • Take on the thrill of quad-biking or bungy jumping
  • Take a guided or unguided walk on one of 22 beatiful track
  • Take a Waipara vineyard tour