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839 Hanmer Springs Rd
Hanmer Springs
New Zealand

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Hanmer Springs Attractions Introduction

Hanmer Springs Attractions is a 'one-stop-shop' for Hanmer Springs outdoor adventures.

Located on the main road into Hanmer Springs over-looking the river and ferry bridge, Hanmer Springs Attractions has something for everybody!

At our base for Hanmer Springs outdoor adventures we also have a licensed café offering light refreshments and a souvenir gift shop overlooking the river.

Hanmer Springs Attractions

Hanmer Springs Attractions Jetboating Hanmer Springs Whitewater Rafting Canoe Safari Hanmer Springs Attractions Bungy Jumping Hanmer Springs Quad Biking

Jet Boating – Go jet boating along the entire length of Hanmer's spectacular Waiau Gorge. Take in the magnificent scenery, then hold on while you experience the famous Hamilton jet spin.

Our Hanmer Springs jet boating trips feature narrow gorges, braided shallows and white water rapids. Over 30 kilometres of exciting jet boating and spectacular scenery.

Rafting – Hanmer Springs rafting fun for the whole family. Marvel at the twisted rocks, water holes, pink marble rock, fault line features and the crystal clear river – so clear you can see the trout swimming by. Leap out of the raft and go for a float!

Bungy – The 135-year-old Waiau Ferry Bridge is the site of the Hanmer Springs Attractions Bungy Jump.

At 35 metres high it allows you plenty of time to experience the range of emotions from sheer terror to pure elation in the seconds it takes you to plummet towards the river on this Hanmer Springs bungy jump.

Canoe Safari – Explore the unknown on board our inflatable Canoes. This full day, fully guided excursion down a beautiful alpine river includes a picnic lunch and a return by jetboat to your point of departure.

Travel over grade 2 water, offering a mix of moderate white water thrills and relaxation. Perfect for couples, groups or families this Canoe safari offers a slice of the real New Zealand.

You will cover approximately 25 km's of the river, with the lunch stop on the riverbank about half way through the journey. Five hours of fun in the beautiful natural environment of Hanmer Springs.

At 35 metres high it allows you plenty of time to experience the range of emotions from sheer terror to pure elation in the seconds it takes you to plummet towards the river on this Hanmer Springs bungy jump.

Quad Bike Safari – Put yourself in control of a four-wheel quad bike. Enjoy challenging terrain, including river crossings, mud, dust and dirt when you go quad biking in Hanmer Springs.

Wild West Paintball – Wild West Paintball involves gathering your own teams or joining in with others to devise a strategy to get through the battlefield while avoiding the opposing outlaws. Take the challenge if you dare!

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About Hanmer Springs

Since 1859 the spa town of Hanmer Springs has attracted visitors seeking to relax, unwind and ease their aches and pains in the soothing mineral waters.

Activities in and around Hanmer Springs:

  • Soak in the hot thermal pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve
  • Hike or bike through Hanmer Springs Forest and find some of New Zealand's oldest exotic plantings
  • Go jet boating in the Waiau, or Waimakariri Gorge
  • Ski at Mount Lyford or Hanmer Springs
  • Discover the wineries of the Waipara Valley. Stop for a tasting and a meal
  • Ride the Weka Pass historic railway from Waipara to Waikari
  • Do a wine tour the slow way—in a wagon behind a team of Clydesdale horses
  • Ride through the high country with Hurunui Horse Treks
  • Drive the Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route which links popular Canterbury destinations Hanmer Springs, Waipara Valley and Kaikoura

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to Christchurch's "must see" attractions: Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch Tramway, Punting on the Avon and the Grand Tour.

The "Welcome Aboard" brand was designed to reflect the company's vision for our attractions. The Wood Scenic Line Ltd is committed to providing every customer with a unique visitor experience. We continually strive to enhance our attractions, ensuring the best quality service and facilities. Wood Scenic Line Ltd is also very proud supporters of our local community and recently introduced a fund-raising programme for local schools and non-profit organisations.

For further information about Welcome Aboard, visit their Web site.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Hanmer Springs foresty, Canterbury, New Zealand
Road to Mt Cook, Canterbury
Photographer: David Wall

About the Canterbury Region

From the silvery beaches of the East Coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury landscape is impossible to ignore. Big scenery is the order of the day—huge panoramas of ocean or mountains, great sweeps of pastureland, massive amounts of sky.

It's easy to be awestruck—but if you want to be totally flabbergasted, take a hot air balloon ride. The experience of floating across the Canterbury Plains with the majesty of the Southern Alps behind you will ingrain itself on your memory forever.

The highest point of the region is the highest point of New Zealand. The spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook stands at 3,754 metres (Aoraki is Maori for Cloud Piercer). At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there permanently.

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