Alpine Village Haven
There may be fights over which family activity is the best in Hanmer Springs. Is it the crazy bikes where families vie for racing titles, or the mini-golf course where even the most skilled golfer seems to falter? Lovers of all things cuddly can feed llamas, donkey or wallaby at the Hanmer Animal Farm Park.
Active families will love Hanmer Springs for mountain biking. With kilometres of tracks to explore, even balance bikers will find something to enjoy, including a pump track. Thrill seekers are well covered with endless advanced trails.
Get Some Adrenalin
Queenstown is not the only place in the South Island home to classic Kiwi adventures. Bungy-jumping and jet boating are hot favourites, but why not try something new like a full day canoe adventure? Bring the family (6 years and up) and jump in an inflatable canoe down the Waiau River. Complete with a picnic lunch and jet boat return, this is a day adventure to remember.
Want to keep your feet firmly on solid ground? Hanmer Springs Attractions offer off-road buggies, claybird shooting and paintball to give you a rush.
Explore In Nature
With walks suitable for all ages, Hanmer is a great place to explore the outdoors. Forest Amble Walk comes equipped with interesting wooden sculptures to find along the trail. Don’t forget to look up: the climbing bear is a favourite with visitors. Kids will delight in the wonder of the magical Fairy Door Walk in Dog Stream Reserve, a short 20 minute stroll and great spot for a family picnic.
Up for a longer hike? Dog Stream Waterfall is a gentle three-hour return walk, or try the iconic Mt. Isobel with breathtaking views over the Hanmer Basin. At 1324m above sea level, you’ll feel on top of the world.
Hanmer Springs Hot Pools
From tranquility to thrills and everything in between, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is a must-visit. Four hydroslides, including New Zealand’s largest aquatic thrill ride, Conical Thrill, will have you racing back to the queue until you flop into the natural hot springs and let your stress melt away.
Wrangle someone to look after the kids in the new aqua play area and slip away for some me-time at The Spa for a massage or beauty treatment.
Where To Stay In Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs accommodation is largely affordable and offers plenty of bang for your buck. This combined with the year-round activities on offer make it the perfect spot for an extended stay.
From motels and high-end accommodation, to lodges and cabins, there is bound to be a bed and a view for you.
Best Places To Eat In Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs is flush with fine fare, offering visitors an array of cuisine. Classic fine dining, pub grub, and flavours from around the world, the family won’t be disappointed when it comes to meal time.