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Cafe in Hanmer Springs

Powerhouse Cafe

Delicious cakes and good-quality coffee are on the menu at this local favourite, tucked away off the main street. Power up with a huge High Country breakfast or try the Highland Fling – caramelised, whisky-sodden po…
Indian in Hanmer Springs


Spice up your life at this brightly painted North Indian restaurant complete with bhangra-beats soundtrack. There are plenty of tasty lamb, chicken and seafood dishes to choose from, plus a fine vegetarian selection…
Farm in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Animal Park

With more animals than Dr Dolittle's, 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 are also availa…
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, though you're also paying for the location, directly opposite t…
Asian in Hanmer Springs


This cheery restaurant on the main drag 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 is also available.
Pub in Hanmer Springs

Monteith’s Brewery Bar

This large, slightly worn pub is the town's busiest watering hole. The kitchen serves decent pub-style meals all day (mains $22 to $35). Live musicians kick off from 4pm Sundays.
Supermarket in Hanmer Springs

Four Square

The town's only supermarket, this is the place for self-caterers and campers to stock up on essentials.
Bakery in Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Bakery

In peak season queues stretch out the door for this humble bakery's meat pies and filled rolls.