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This Tranquil Village Close To Christchurch Offers The Perfect Escape

By Megan Zara Walsh

Hanmer Springs

Relax. Play. Unwind. Anyone say ‘weekend getaway’?

Now that summer is coming to a close, we’d better get in our last bit of fun before winter hits!

Despite international travel looking bleak for the foreseeable future, we still have the option to make the most of our weekends by booking a trip away right here at home in New Zealand. Yep, that´s right! It´s time for you to invest in the last evenings of summer by heading off on a staycation, and rediscovering the delights of your homeland.

Prepare to unwind and let loose at this adventure haven and tranquil paradise, only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Perfect for a Level 2 getaway! Hanmer Springs Village is the therapy you need to purge yourself on a relaxation high. From kids to adults, there´s fun for everyone!

The location

This stunning retreat is located in a resort town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand´s South Island. You´ll be surrounded by a beautiful landscape encompassing incredible hikes, natural hot pools, health spas, winter ski slops and much more. So, whether you´re taking a romantic trip away, reuniting with friends or hanging out with the family – Hanmer Springs promises an exciting experience from the moment you arrive.

The highlights

At Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, kids can bask in the glory of the leisure area with entertaining waterslides, waterfalls, spouts and a totally awesome lazy river. Meanwhile, adults can expect to nurture the soul through hiking adventures, calming saunas and a variety of impressive mineral-filled thermal pools, all against a stunning oasis backdrop of gardens, redwood trees and marvellous mountains. Totally gram-worthy too, of course!


The accommodation

Whatever your style and budget, Hanmer Springs caters for all. Accommodation varieties include campgrounds, backpacker hostels, bed and breakfasts, farm-stays, lodges, apartments and hotels.  Head to their website for some amazing accommodation ideas.

Hanmer Springs Holiday Park
Photo Credit: Hanmer Springs Holiday Park

The spa

Fancy some luxury? Experience the most pleasure by booking into the local spa! With a combination of the sensational surroundings and the wide range of therapies on offer, you´ll fall into a realm of tranquility. Select a classic body treatment and exclusive massage—or, for some extra class, finish with a manicure or pedicure. What more could you want? Visit The Spa Hanmer Springs for more information.

The food

Foodies can glorify themselves through the incredible food and drink on offer here. Opt to embark on a winery tour of the Waipara Valley for plenty of wine tasting, chow down on the sweets from the fudge shops, fish out your own trout, indulge in high country cuisine, or make your own meals and have a garden picnic.

Oh and not to mention: you´ll be happy to know that you´d be supporting local businesses, too.

No airports, no queues, just a solid staycation adventure in Hanmer Springs Village. Yes please!

Wine Tasting
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