Canterbury Road Trips
SUGGESTED TIME 3 DAYS
Hanmer Springs is New Zealand's premier alpine spa destination. Located in Canterbury's Hurunui region, Hanmer Springs is best known for the award-winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, where visitors enjoy pampering and relaxation amongst beautiful alpine vistas.
Day 1 - Christchurch to Hanmer Springs
Depart for the alpine village of Hanmer Springs along the Alpine Pacific Triangle Route. As you will be driving though the Waipara Valley, enjoy a wine tasting at one of the wineries along the way.
Arriving in Hanmer around noon, head to the Powerhouse Café for a great lunch where fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients are sourced from neighbouring growers, farmers & artisans wherever possible.
In the afternoon, explore the area via one of the many forest walks from 30 minute strolls to full-day hikes there is something for every age and ability. A great way to see Hanmer.
For dinner this evening head to Peppers Restaurant & Bar, home of award winning Chef John Gibson who has won several New Zealand lamb and beef awards.
Stay at the Hanmer Heritage - a great place to experience one of New Zealand's premier Alpine Destinations.
Day 2 - Hanmer Springs
Start the day off at Thrillseekers Adventures. A one-stop shop for a wide range of adventure activities based around the Thrillseekers lodge, overlooking the Waiau River and historic Ferry Bridge. Here you will experience a thrilling jet boat ride in the Waiau Gorge, and if you are a bit of a dare devil - try bungy jumping off the Ferry Bridge!
For lunch head over to The Garden House Café, located in the Thermal Pools complex where you will be delighted with mouth watering food and wines.
In the afternoon relax at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and indulge with a luxurious treatment of your choice at The Spa. Since 1859 the thermal springs of Hanmer Springs have attracted visitors seeking to relax, unwind and ease their aches and pains in the soothing mineral waters - now it's your turn to enjoy New Zealand's largest thermal complex!
For dinner this evening enjoy fine dining with matching wines, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere at The Laurels.
Check out one of the luxury Hanmer Springs hotels.
Day 3: Hanmer to Christchurch
After breakfast, enjoy a walk in the Hanmer Forest before you head back to Christchurch. The Hanmer Forest dates back to 1901. Prison labour was used to plant a wide variety of exotic tree species, to test their commercial viability and to beautify the area. In 1978 the recreation values of these forests was recognized with the formation of the Hanmer Forest Park.