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Asian in Hanmer Springs


This elegant eatery presents Asian cuisine from Beijing to Bangalore, although the emphasis is more on the Indian. All dishes are designed to be shared. A limited takeaway menu (5pm onwards) is also available.
Bakery in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Bakery

In peak season queues stretch out the door for this humble bakery's meat pies and salmon bagels.
Cafe in Hanmer Springs

Powerhouse Cafe

Power up with a huge High Country breakfast, or a Highland Fling caramelised whisky-sodden porridge. Return for a burger, laksa or salmon salad for lunch, then finish with one of the lavishly iced friands.
Pub in Hanmer Springs

Monteith’s Brewery Bar

This large, overlit and slightly worn brand-pub is the town's busiest. It serves food all day (breakfast $15 to $21, bar snacks $9 to $16, dinner $24 to $35). Live musicians kick off from 4pm Sundays.
Farm in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Animal Park

With more animals than Dr Dolittle's Facebook page, this farm park is great for kids. Llamas, Tibetan yak, deer, goats, guinea pigs and chinchillas all feature, and many of the critters can be hand-fed; pony rides a…
Indian in Hanmer Springs


Spice up your life at this brightly painted North Indian restaurant complete with bhangra-beats soundtrack. It's a beef-free zone, but there are plenty of tasty lamb, chicken and seafood dishes to choose from, plus …
Modern NZ in Hanmer Springs

No. 31

Substantial servings of good-quality, albeit conservative, cuisine are on offer in this pretty wooden cottage. The upmarket ambience befits the prices; the paper napkins and chunky glasses don't. Good beer list, and…