Hit the slopes in Hanmer

Beneath snow-capped trees and mountains, Hanmer Springs becomes an alpine winter wonderland this time of year.

You will feel you have just stepped into the set of The Holiday, the cosy aura of Hanmer Springs and its picturesque backdrop, making the perfect setting for an alpine escape. Organise your own
mid-winter Christmas, bringing along friends and family, with local accommodation offering all the luxury and space you need.

Better yet, the nearby ski area lets you exercise and take in the views in true winter style. With windows for spectator viewing, and lessons and equipment rentals available, this is the ultimate in New Zealand club snow sport. Breathe in crisp alpine air, and find fresh, crunchy snow beneath your feet, before burning off that morning hot chocolate or bakery treat.

A neighbourhood of boutiques provide your every need for chic snowsport dressing, to a comfortably elegant night out. Finish with a hearty, warming meal at one of the many restaurants around the town. Cooking up local cuisine, the local chefs specialise in everything from succulent cuts of meat served with delightfully complementing flavours, to indulgent pastas and sharing platters for the whole crew.

With time to kill, browse the township for arts, crafts, gifts, and activities to be enjoyed with your mid-winter Christmas celebrations. Wrap up at the Hanmer Springs Alpine Winter Festival. From 6 to 16 July, the picturesque alpine village transforms into a wonderland of winter activities. Bring your family to dazzling light displays, quizzes, glowing mini golf, and movie screenings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

On the drive there and back, visit the roadside stores and cafés to refuel or warm up.

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