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Hot Pools, Hiking and Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs is a small alpine town on the South Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by mountains this beautiful place has something to offer in every season. From hiking and adrenaline activities to being pampered in the thermal spas.

Stunning Scenery in Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand
A sunny winters day heading south from Hanmer Springs towards Christchurch

The spring and summer bring out full access and safety on the hiking trails. Although the autumn colours of the trees, flora and fauna are the hue of reds and oranges. Then In the winter, this place is covered by sheets of snow turning it into a winter wonderland.

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Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and Spa

An article about Hanmer is not complete without referring to Hanmer Springs hot pools and spa. This place lies in the centre of the town and the closest place I have found to this is Blue Lagoon in Iceland. However, this place is a little less densely packed and has a variety of small pools. They have expanded it over the past 15 years to include water slides and expand some of the existing pools.

Each time I’ve been I generally went to relax in the hot pool rather than the other parts. I spent my 21st birthday in Hanmer springs for a weekend and rented a holiday home for myself and friends. We went for drinks and a good meal in town and then spent both days before and after relaxing in the hot pools. It was also the first place I properly visited when I arrived in New Zealand. I flew into Christchurch Airport and met up with a friend, then headed for a night in Hanmer before heading north to Blenheim for Christmas.

  • The pools are split into sections, you have different temperature pools separated and it’s advised you work your way up to the hottest especially when it’s cooler weather.

  • There is also a lazy river and some that are built like rock-pools.

  • There is an option to book treatments and a private pool experience (quick tip: check before you go for availability. If they are still available on the day or day before you can often just pay an upgrade deal that would work out better priced then before).

  • There is a full-sized Olympic pool suitable for those that are keen swimmers.

  • Take a bottle of water with you and keep hydrated

Cost: £18.63 at time of writing this - Buy tickets here | Via Get Your Guide

Hanmer Springs Hot Pools, Things to do in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Winter view from the pools. It snows a lot in winter but we were a few days early to see this blanket of snow.

I’ve been to these pools three times so far and will be going back on my next visit to New Zealand. There is a lot to do and see in the town, if you are aiming to go to the hot pools or try some of the more adrenaline-packed activities then you will definitely need to book ahead to avoid disappointment - Click here to see more of the activities Hanmer has to offer | Via Get Your Guide.



It should come as no surprise when reading about the geography of this town and seeing the pictures that there are so many hiking trails to chose from.

  • Conical Hill (views pictured above) is a great if you are limited for time or you need something accessible for those who don't necessarily hike regularly or have the fitness to do hours tramping up hills.

  • Hanmer Forrest has a number of awesome trails to follow around for all abilities.

  • Mount Isobel is another great option if you fancy something a little longer (1/2 a day) and greater views.


Best Adventure Activities To Do In Hanmer Springs

If you are travelling to New Zealand you will know that it has a reputation known as an adrenaline capital. Almost every town you visit, you will be able to find some Activities to get your heart pumping and a healthy dose of fear or calculated risk. Hanmer is no different. My ex went bungee jumping in Hanmer (I had already booked mine in Taupo) and he loved it. I went quad biking during a day trip from Christchurch with friends and really enjoyed it. I've popped links below to the cheapest options for booking each of the activities.

I've listed the below by price to help you budgeting and planning. Please note the duration is approximate, as it may take time for you to get ready for some of these activities or there might be change overs with earlier groups etc.

Hanmer Springs Extreme Paintball

Hanmer Archery

Jet Boats

Quad Biking