Awesome autumn walks

Autumn is an amazingly colourful and fun-filled time to visit Hanmer Springs.

The area has an abundance of walking tracks from short leisurely strolls along forest paths to day-hikes, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Dress warmly, enjoy the crisp mountain air, then follow it with a soak in the local hot pools, and a relaxing massage. Here are some ideas:

A picturesque short walk, with a range of large wooden art sculptures along the way. Check out a friendly giant, an orangutan, a tuatara, and a dog (to name a few). Allow half a day.

Starts from the Hanmer Forest entrance, linking the Woodland Walk and Majuba Track to reach the top of Conical Hill for outstanding views over the Hanmer basin. Return the same way, or follow the zig-zag track down to the village. Allow half a day.

Climb through mountain beech / tawhai forest to the spectacular 41m Dog Stream waterfall. The winding and moderately steep trail begins at the top of McIntyres Road (accessed off Jollies Pass Road) and heads up the stream edge through dense native forest. Experienced walkers can return via the Spur Track and Fir Trail. Allow half a day.

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