Any season, any time, it’s the perfect weekend getaway.
Despite international travel looking bleak for the foreseeable future, we can still make the most of our weekends by booking a trip right at home in the heart of New Zealand. And, excitingly, you have the perfect escape calling that is practically on your doorstep. The Hurunui District’s picturesque village of Hanmer Springs is just 90 minutes drive from Christchurch, and offers an array of fun activities and adventures for you and your crew. Here are seven must-do activities while spending a weekend in Hanmer Springs.
1. Hot Pools
Start your weekend off right by taking a dip in the famous mineral-filled thermal pools, against a stunning oasis backdrop of gardens, mountains and redwood trees. Feel all your troubles wash away in this soul-nurturing experience. Indeed, it is an unmissable activity for all those stressed out adults looking for some relaxation after a long week.
📍 42 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Opt for an experience of a lifetime by getting up close and personal with some friendly Llamas. With plenty of excursions on offer, you can select between multi-day treks, a picnic lunch stroll, scenic walks with the Llamas, and lots more. Certainly, it’s a fantastic activity for both kids and adults.
📍 Medway Road, Hanmer Springs Save, Hanmer Springs 7395, New Zealand
3. Wine Tasting
Sample the best wines in the region by visiting one of the various local vineyards for some distinctive Kiwi flavoured wines. Some traveller favourites include Waiau River Estate, where you can spoil yourself to a full gourmet menu with phenomenal views, paired with award-winning wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, just to name a few. The perfect weekend activity for couples or a group of friends.
📍 2254 Mouse Point Road, SH7, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
4. Conical Hill & Hanmer Forest
One of the best things to do in Hanmer Springs is walking to discover the beautiful landscape and hidden treasures. Both the Conical Hill Summit and Hanmer Forest are a must-do for adventurists. You can opt to hike up to the summit and take in the 360-degree views, mountain bike through the forest, entertain the kids with the Forest Amble Track, which features friendly wooden creatures, fairy doors, and lots more. And hey, all this is cost-free!
📍 Various Locations
Why not spend the Friday night of your weekend at this surreal Canopy Camping glamping site, before heading to Hanmer Springs, just one hour away. Wonderfully, Tawanui Farm, near Cheviot, features remote self-catering lotus belle tents, with a large hot tub and out-of-this-world views of the Kaikoura mountains, North Pacific Ocean and Hurunui River. From stargazing to bathing at dawn, you won’t be bored. A great place to connect with loved ones.
📍 919 Blythe Road, Motunau 7383, New Zealand
6. Foodie Adventures
Hanmer Springs is a fantastic place to visit if you love food. Enjoy an array of scrumptious food and drinks from the local businesses. Think tasty gourmet sweets for all diets from The Decadent Fudge Company, chow down on delicious pizza from Springs Pizza joint, get your Indian food fix at Spice Village and the best dessert in the world from MK Restaurant…whatever you desire, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the eateries. Likewise, be sure to visit the Farmers Markets for some epic deals.
📍 Various Locations
Amuri Jet Adventures offers plenty of adrenaline-pumping experiences that provide entertainment for the whole family. During your river activities, you’ll observe marvellous views of Marble Point and there’ll be fun opportunities to swim in the river and rock jump into the clearest water. To book, visit their website.
📍 869, Hanmer Springs Road, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand