Hurunui, north of Christchurch, is an oasis for explorers. From beaches to native and exotic bush, to historic villages and enticing wineries. Whether relaxation to you is an indulgent getaway packed with spas and gastronomical delights, or something more adrenaline-pumping and off the grid, here are Metropol’s picks for things to do whatever
your activity appetite.
ACTION AND ADVENTURE
Horse riding, rafting, bungy jumping jet boating, quad biking, BMX and 4WD-ing – there’s no shortage of local Hurunui businesses to support while you’re getting your thrills. Mainly centered near Hanmer Springs, these activities can be found scattered throughout Hurunui – from Waimakariri to Waipara.
If your idea of a getaway is to relax in style at a day spa, or amongst the vines with a glass of wine in hand, there are options abound in Hurunui, home to world class winery region, Waipara. Here, award-winning imbibements are grown and produced, alongside delicious food with a picturesque backdrop. Or, seek out the day spa next to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort.
STROLLING AND ROLLING
Or, maybe you’re more of an active relaxer who finds peace in keeping busy. If that’s the case, North Canterbury’s plethora of hiking and biking trails are calling your name. There’s a number of walkable mountains like Mt Thomas and Mt Grey, as well as the glut of options in Hanmer, as mentioned on page 37.