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Hanmer Springs

Canterbury - Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs is a small alpine resort town in the Canterbury about 110km from Christchurch (a 90 minute drive away). Renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters for over one hundred years, Hanmer Springs is a hugely popular destination for tourists and locals all year round who come from all around the world to soak and relax in its remedial hot springs.

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The thermal reserve at Hanmer Springs has been developed to include a spa (beauty and spa treatments), large water play area for children, water slides, rockpools and pools of varying temperatures. Conveniently they are open all year round and offer a very welcome and relaxing experience after more strenuous activities such as horse trekking in Hanmer Springs or other adventurous activities like hiking, mountain biking and skiing (at the nearby Hanmer Springs and Mount Lyford skifields).

The scenic roads and extensive forests around the township can be explored by bike or on foot with many pathways suitable for families with younger children. Older adrenaline seekers can enjoy other heart-stopping activities in Hanmer Springs like bungy jumping, jet boating, kayaking, white-water rafting and 4WD off-road safaris through the surrounding picturesque high country. Alternatively, relish in the natural tranquillity of the area trout fishing or go on a long adventurous hike through the vast mountainous wilderness that Hanmer Springs abuts onto.

Hanmer Springs is nestled in a beautiful high-country valley with endless alpine beauty to the north and west. Crowned by stunning mountain ranges, Hanmer Springs is one of the South Island’s unforgettable jewels. Hanmer Springs is just off Highway 7 – one of only three roads in the South Island cutting through the ranges link east to west. Only a short drive away on Highway 7 is the breathtaking Lewis Pass.

Accommodation in Hanmer Springs is plentiful with campgrounds, backpackers, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday home and hotel options. Hanmer Springs can get busy in peak seasons and over school and bank holiday weekends, so book early and pack with unpredictable mountain weather in mind.

Hanmer Springs enjoys relatively low rainfall and high sunshine hours. The average high in summer is a pleasant 22 degrees Celsius and highs in winter average about 11 degrees. If you time it right in the winter, you can enjoy a real treat – soaking in the hot relaxing pools while watching snow peacefully falling around you.

But with Hanmer Springs' many activities and adventures it is most famous and sought after for its stunning natural hot springs and day spas

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The Great Southern Alps Miler - Beardies Beat

From: Fri 17th Jan 2020

NZ's newest miler "adventure mountain-run" and possibly the most sublime landscapes of all NZ races, with multiple river crossings, an average altitude of 850m (highest point just over 1300m) and several short sections ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 7:00am on Friday 17th January 2020
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Ground Effect Pony Express

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Forget what the other's claim, this is true NZ high country and iconic mountain landscapes, on a blend of old 4x4 tracks, stock tracks and St James cycleway. A part of The Ground Effect "James" MTB classic, the James ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 9:30am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 7:00pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Macpac Alpine Adventure Race

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Want to truly experience all the magnificent environments the iconic St James Station behind Hanmer Springs has to offer, then choose your combination of four stages - Swim 1.5km, Kayak 7km, MTB 65km and cross country ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 8:00am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Ground Effect MTB Epic

Sat 18th Jan 2020

New Zealand’s premier Cross Country Marathon event – a true XCM in NZ’s most iconic big mountain high country. Part of The Ground Effect "James" MTB Classic, the Epic race is a True Epic with 100 km of pure ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 8:30am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Stampede Ultra Mountain Run

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Come run with "The Wild Things". The "James" Stampede is a full 50km ultra "adventure mountain-run" with multiple river crossings, an average altitude of 850m (highest point just over 1300m), elevation gain/loss ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 7:00am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Macpac Mountainman

Sat 18th Jan 2020

“Only If You're Tough Enough” – This is the new benchmark for one day multisport races and without a doubt NZ's toughest one day multisport challenge! The "James" Macpac Mountainman is basically a full-on off ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 6:00am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James High Country 100

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Come run with "The Wild Things". The "James" High Country 100 Ultra is a full 100km mountain-run through some awesome St James Station high country behind Hanmer Springs and with an average altitude over 800m chances ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 5:00am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The James Homestead Half - High Country Run

Sat 18th Jan 2020

An achievable 21km high country run, based around the St James Station homestead and the Macpac Mountainman/Alpine Adventure run stage. With a little tour up the loading ramp and through the stockyards, across a and ...

Where: St James Conservation Area, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Tophouse Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 11:00am on Saturday 18th January 2020
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 18th January 2020

The Hanmer 4&8 Hour Mountain Bike Race

Sat 21st Mar 2020

The Hanmer 4 & 8 Mountain Bike Race takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest through some of the regions most amazing mountain scenery. A fantastic event for individuals, teams, school team and ...

Where: Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: 243 Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 8:30am on Saturday 21st March 2020
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 21st March 2020

Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon

Sat 2nd May 2020

The Hanmer Half Marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst amazing mountain scenery. This is a great pre race for the Christchurch Marathon. After an initial 2km climb the route ...

Where: Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui
Address: Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

From: 10:20am on Saturday 2nd May 2020
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 2nd May 2020

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