Must do in Hanmer

Hanmer Springs is one of Canterbury’s most loved not-so-hidden gems. A short drive from Christchurch, North Canterbury and the upper South Island, the small-town punches above its weight in both beauty and activities. Whether you’re a seasoned local, regular visitor or first-time tripper – Metropol recommends some things you simply must do in this quaint alpine village.



Options bound for enjoying the great outdoors in Hanmer. There are also ample opportunities for tramping, walking and mountain biking to enjoy mother nature.

Stop into the iconic Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Resort to soak up the natural hot springs, where relaxation is teamed with fun for the whole family. Psst, there’s a day spa next door!

Visit the abundance of boutique shops in the village to find loved and local labels, arts and crafts, homewares, keepsakes and of course, artisan cuisine.

Pique your competitive streak with a hit of mini golf, or take to the water in a jet boat, try a horse trek, quad bike or Jeep tour, or, head to the local ski field, Amuri, just 17km away.

All this adventuring (or relaxing) is sure to build up your appetite, so make your way to one of the beautiful cafés, restaurants or gastro pubs lining the village centre. From delicious coffee to a hearty meal, all bases are covered.


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