Things to see and do around Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

The main attraction of Hanmer Springs is undoubtedly the thermal pools, which have been developed into a wonderful family resort set in native bush with mineral rich sulphur pools of with temperatures ranging from 28 to 42 degrees, fresh water swimming pools well suited for families, a lazy river, water slides, dumping bucket and waterfall. There is an AquaPlay area for smaller children.

Relax in the cafe, private pools, saunas, steam baths, or the luxurious spa. Open daily 10am to 9pm.

Hanmer Springs Village

Explore the heart of this top class thermal treat, there really is something for everyone; a wonderful collection of cafes and restaurants, boutique shopping for clothing and shoes, lolly shop or find jewellery at the art gallery.

There is also a supermarket and pharmacy in the Village and a petrol station just before you reach Hanmer Springs.

The Spa at Hanmer Springs 

Be indulgent and pampered in the tranquil surrounds in The Spa there are a raft of treatments for everyone.

Relax in our Wood Fired Hot Tubs

If you're feeling like a relaxing soak, you don't even have to venture off the property - simply book yourself and the family, or friends, in for a session in our new woodfired hot tubs. Private, modern and super relaxing, this is the perfect way to while away an hour or two - no effort required.

Bungy Jumping

Experience an adrenal rush free falling off the historic 135 year old Waiau River Bridge falling 35m into the canyon with Hanmer Springs Adventures - different bungy options available.

Enquire about a combo deal packaging 2 to 4 activities - choose from Jet, Raft, Quad Bike and Bungy.

Jet Boat

Jet boat in the fast flowing Waiau River canyon with Hanmer Springs Adventures, take in the stunning scenery, jet through narrow gorges on this braided river and experience the famous 360 degree spin.

River Rafting

Paddle a raft on the Waiau River canyon taking in the twist rock, water holes and faultline. If the water is clear see the salmon and trout as you float down the canyon.

Quad Biking

Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre offers fantastic quad biking for the family, come experience river crossings, hill climbs, the humps and bumps of Hanmer Basin - great fun for everyone. Explore rivers beds and high country farmland in a fun filled 2.5 hours.


A leisurely journey down a beautiful mountain river. Canoe in safe and durable inflatable canoes. This full day trip is guided and includes picnic lunch and return by jet boat to your departure point. This leisurely day is suitable for couples, families and groups...

Horse Riding and Trekking

Explore the countryside around Hanmer Springs on horseback with Hanmer Horse Trekking.

Free pick up from Hanmer Springs village.

Hanmer Springs Animal Park, Cafe and Gallery

This 2 acre farm setting is nestled amongst this 20 acre farm, enjoy the animals and wander freely amongst them in this relaxed setting. 

Clay Bird Shooting and Paintball 

Take aim and fire! This is an affordable and safe activity for families and groups. You can buy extra sets of paint balls at any point.

The Clay Bird Shooting is set on the braids of the Waiau River and open to anyone over 16 years old.

Hanmer Springs Golf Course

Play a round on the beautifully treed greens of the century old Hanmer Springs golf course and take in some of North Canterbury's finest views..
This is a reasonably flat, easy walking course suitable for all ages and abilities. The course is open every day, you may hire golf clubs, trundlers and golf carts.

What could be better than a soak in the Thermal Pools after a round of golf?

A-Maze n Golf

Explore the Lost Temple and play the Gold Rush themed 18 hole mini golf course. This is located 2 minutes walk from our Park.

Alpine Crazy Putt

In the heart of the Village is mini golf offering fun for the whole family, there is even a waterfall with a river running through the course.

Kowhai Creek Pitch n Putt Golf

Test your golf skills on the 300 m driving range and pitch n putt holes at Kowhai Creek. This 18 hole course features island greens, elevated 'tee offs', water hazards, trees and white sand bunkers. The average hole is 50 metres taking you a step above mini golf, clubs are available.

Explore Molesworth Station

Molesworth Station is the size of Stewart Island - a vast 180 000 hectares making is New Zealand's largest farm combining farming, conservation and recreation and during summer months the Molesworth Station road is opened to the public. The landscape consists of rounded mountains, shingle screes, wide grasslands and steep hillsides in a harsh environment, making this a challenging environment for both stock and vegetation.

Amuri Ski Field

Just 17 km from Hanmer Springs and 40 minutes drive from Hanmer Springs this club field has skiing for everyone, especially the intermediate skier. This field offers ski/snowboard hire, lessons and a day lodge to relax in. Hot pies, chocolate, canned drinks and hot drinks available. Amuri offers a poma and 2 rope tows with all main slopes are groomed. 

Fishing For Trout and Salmon

Test your angling skills in the Waiau, Clarence and Hurunui rivers, where good sized trout and salmon can be caught in season.

St James Walking and Cycling Track

Explore the remote alpine back country on the St James Conservation Area which covers 78 000 hectares of native beech, alpine tussock lands, rivers, lakes and mountains. This conservation area presents opportunities for walking, tramping, kayaking, hunting, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking. 

Hanmer Springs... a great place to visit... any time of the year

Enjoy walks for the whole family and mountain bike trails for all sizes. A great place to visit at any time of the year; always popular during the summer, nothing better than snow in winter, as you soak up the heat of the thermal pools or enjoy the glorious autumn colours of the forests surrounding Hanmer Springs, the cool alpine air enhances the brightness of the autumn.