Escape this winter

Winter is usually the time of year we hunker down, stay in, and enjoy the comforts of home. But only a short drive from Christchurch awaits a home away from home, perfect for a little winter escape.

Hanmer Springs is a delight to visit all year round, but there is something special about the quaint village in wintertime. The mountains are dusted with snow, the air is crisp and fresh, and there are so many activities to fill your days and nights with. Whether it is the whole family, a group of friends, or a couples weekend away, you are sure to love a getaway here.

Breathe the fresh mountain air
With such beautiful surroundings in every direction, getting outside and into nature is a must when visiting Hanmer Springs. The cold months are especially beautiful, with snowy mountains and bluebird skies. Get the merino out and some good walking boots, and head out on one of the many walks around the village. Dog Stream, Spur Track, Conical Hill, and Forest Walk are all popular options.

Get some adrenaline pumping
An area full of adventure and adrenaline-fuelled activities, Hanmer Springs has so many options for those looking for a little fuel in their getaway. Try a quad bike or jeep tour to see the scenes with pace or a jet boat ride down the Waiau River for a speedy splash. There is an array of mountain biking trails, as well as the famous bungy jump for those really wanting a rush.

Take some time to relax
A weekend away wouldn’t be complete without some serious downtime, and Hanmer Springs is the place to do just this. Cosy up by the fire in your accommodation with a good book and glass of wine, or head to the pools for a warming soak. There are also options for massage and spa treatments for extra luxury. Or stroll through the village, window shopping, and enjoy the local shops. Whatever relaxing looks like to you, you are sure to find it here.

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