Welcome to Hanmer Springs

Ringed by sculpted mountains, Hanmer Springs is the main thermal resort on the South Island. It's a pleasantly low-key spot to indulge yourself, whether by soaking in hot pools, dining out or being pampered in the spa complex. If that all sounds too soporific, fear not; there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer, including a few to get the adrenaline pumping

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$215.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch

You'll be picked up from your centrally located Christchurch hotel to travel 90 minutes north to the tranquil setting of Hanmer Springs, nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and forest-clad hills.After enjoying the excitement of a jet boat ride through Waiau Gorge at Thrillseekers Canyon.Enjoy lunch at the Garden House Cafe and relax in the thermal pools. There is also time to explore the village of Hamner at your leisure. You'll arrive at your Christchurch accommodation at approximately 6:00pm.

$125.30 Outdoor Activities

Hanmer Springs Bungy Jump

Meet your bungy jumping guide at the base of the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs. This thrilling experience lasts about 20 minutes, starting with a safety briefing before you find yourself on the platform ledge of this historic bridge, built in 1887 at the gateway to Waiau Gorge.Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime when you harness up for a 115-foot leap and take the plunge over the rushing waters below. This bungy jump promises an adrenaline-fueled experience to the extreme and is not for the faint-of-heart. Once your fear is conquered, bask in the glory of your achievement with an included T-shirt and certificate. Souvenir photos are also available to purchase.

$125.30 Water Sports

Hanmer Springs Rafting Adventure

Meet your qualified rafting guide at the base of the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs. After you put on your wetsuit, booties, helmet, and life jacket and receive a safety briefing, it's time to get on the water. The tour is suitable for people of all ages, but children must be able to fit the safety gear to participate.Venture out for some family-friendly fun in the morning or afternoon, depending on your selection at booking. Search the clear waters for salmon and trout as you float down the Waiau River canyon and paddle over Grade II rapids, perfect for novices or those wanting a more relaxing experience. Throughout the 2-hour trip, you'll receive simple instructions on rafting techniques. Listen to your guide’s commentary about the river's natural history while you marvel at features such as twisted rock, swimming holes, and pink marble. On occasion there's even time to leap out of the raft for a float, so be sure to bring your own swimwear and a towel along with your sense of adventure.

$125.30 Outdoor Activities

Hanmer Springs Quad Bikes

Meet your guide at the base of the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs. You'll receive overalls, boots, and a helmet in addition to a safety briefing. Get instruction and practice operating your quad bike with automatic or manual transmission.Embark on an exhilarating and rugged ride.The adventurous, family-friendly route lets you drive, or ride, on a two-seater in conditions according to your skill level, but expect to get wet while crossing riverbeds and muddy farmland trails. Spectacular scenery is guaranteed while aboard the 4WD all-terrain vehicle throughout the 2-hour tour.

$25.95 Outdoor Activities

Hanmer Springs Extreme Paintball

Meet your guide at the base of the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs at your selected time. You'll receive overalls, a protective face mask, and a paintball gun in addition to a safety briefing. Gather your gear and devise a team strategy for getting through the battlefield while avoiding the opposing outlaws. Once you load up your gun with 'ammunition' you're ready to take on the challenge and family-friendly competition. Prepare to win battles when you 'shoot down' your enemies. Extra sets of paintballs are available for purchase at any point during your 30-minute game.

$25.95 Outdoor Activities

Hanmer Springs Clay Bird Shooting

Meet your guide at the base near the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs. You'll receive safety gear in addition to a shotgun and ammunition for clay bird shooting. Throughout the experience, you will get instruction and practice aiming and shooting at clays as they're thrown high into the air — you're allowed 10 shots per 15-minute session.Four automatic clay traps offer a variety of targets and levels, making clay bird shooting a fun and safe sport for all. This thrilling activity will entice the first-time or novice shooter and challenge the more experienced.