Hot Pools and Adventure
A place of relaxation and adventure for generations, Hurunui and Hanmer Springs is a premier Canterbury destination. With rugged coastlines, lush forests, thermal pools, and wineries – this area is popular year-round.
Explore the Hurunui Alpine Pacific Touring Route to take in the best of the region, including the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs.
Traverse the area by foot or mountain bike, soak away the day in award-winning hot pools, and sample the best local produce surrounded by mountains, forests and crisp air.
Hurunui is stacked with activities, accommodation, and experiences, all ripe for exploration.
Explore the Region
Relax and Indulge
The alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs offers a chance to both relax and catch thrills. For centuries, Maori and European settlers have sought the rejuvenating tonic of this beautiful area with its fresh mountain air and serene landscapes.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa offers the zen experience of outdoor and private pools and a full day spa, as well as thrilling water slides and chutes. Browse Hanmer Springs' boutique shops, savour local food and wine, and stay in accommodation for every taste and budget.
Action and Adventure
Hanmer Springs is not all about rest and relaxation - there's plenty of opportunity to get the heart racing. Hurl yourself off a bridge at Hanmer Springs Attractions bungy jump, wrestle the white-water on a rafting trip, or buckle up for a nail-biting jet boat ride.
Whether by foot or by bike, explore the network of trails around Hurunui. If you're only up for a short stroll, you're well catered for, or take on a half or full day hike. When the temperature drops, expect a range of skiing options on the doorstep.
Hanmer Springs is home to some of New Zealand's best mountain biking. St James Conservation Area boasts thousands of hectares of diverse backcountry landscape – and recreational pursuits galore, including the 64km St James Cycle Trail.
Hurunui is a family getaway dream. Forests, parks, rivers and hot pools, this is a massive outdoor playground. Meet the animals at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, or spend a day in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa family area.
In winter, hit the slopes at Hanmer Springs Ski Area and Mt Lyford before heading back to town for a soak. Dreamy.
North Canterbury Wine Region
A burgeoning wine region filled with stories and culture, North Canterbury is becoming a premier wine destination. Less than an hour north of Christchurch is Waipara, home to award-winning wines, world-class dining and delicious produce.
Geography, soil, climate and wine-making magic combine to produce regional specialties of rich, spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. The region also produces exceptional Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Meet producers at a cellar door tastings and let them introduce you to a drop that will make your palate sing. Park up at a vineyard restaurant, enjoy some famed Canterbury lamb, local cheese and superbly matched Waipara drop, and let the day slip into evening.
More than a dozen Waipara wineries fling their doors open daily, ready to share their wines and wares.
North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail
Plan your own Waipara Valley journey with the North Canterbury Food & Wine Trail. Use the interactive map to explore vineyards and wineries, along with restaurants, cafes, markets, artisan producers and accommodation. Your only problem will be deciding where to go first!