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This is a place like no other

A place where you can drift away in alpine thermal waters. Where you’ll have your breath taken away by awe-inspiring mountain backdrops, endless rolling valleys, and dramatic windswept coastlines.

A place where you can spend the morning exploring secluded, sprawling ski fields, the afternoon watching some of the rarest whale and marine sightings on the planet and the evening indulging in award-winning wineries and tantalising restaurants... and still have time to finish the day unwinding in natural New Zealand hot pools.

 This is a place that offers it all. We’ll help you find it.

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Hanmer Springs NZs Alpine Spa Village

New Zealand's Alpine Spa Village

Hanmer Springs Village

Just 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch, the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs is thriving. Surrounded by mountains, crisp alpine air, and a laid-back atmosphere, this is a destination like no other.

The village has a wide range of businesses offering body and beauty treatments suitable for all budgets... from traditional massages and signature rituals to increasingly popular treatments like aromatherapy, reflexology and Thai massage... the list is almost endless. Whether you’ve come alone, with your partner or have the family or friends tagging along, a spa treatment is a definite must do.

The village is also becoming known as a popular shopping spot with a number of boutiques offering goods you won’t find anywhere else. Local restaurants and cafes throughout the region hero the fresh, seasonal and unique ingredients of the region, with plenty of places and different tastes to eat, drink and indulge in.

With more than 50 kilometres of walking and biking tracks there is plenty to do - even the adventure activities that NZ is famous for. The stunning natural landscape provides the ideal backdrop for fishing, skiing, hunting, biking or trekking. If you have a need for a little more speed jump into jetboating, white water rafting, quad biking or four-wheel driving – or take the leap for real and try bungy jumping!

You won’t find it hard to enjoy the comforts of home here. What you will find hard is leaving.

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Cathedral Cliffs

Rediscover your own backyard.

Domestic Travelers

Get off the beaten path and uncover the best kept secrets this region has to offer.

With cathedral-like cliffs, a log cabin village and high country lakes, the Hurunui has some incredible gems to find. Spend time exploring the corners of this sprawling region.

Discover pristine secluded mountain lakes in the Hurunui Lakes Area, superb for fishing, camping, and hiking through native bush. There’s even a thermal waterfall and natural hot springs here, a treat for the gem-seekers.

Gore Bay is one of New Zealand’s safest surf beaches. Tucked away along the coast of cheviot, take the short drive through classic kiwi pastures and through narrow valleys before emerging into a quaint settlement speckled with authentic kiwi baches, reminding you of your childhood. Here you’ll also find the majestic siltstone pillars of the Cathedral Cliffs, towering over an expansive view of this rugged coast.

Or take the scenic route in between rolling hills and spectacular mountain ranges into Mt Lyford Village. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled through a portal to Colorado or small-town Switzerland.

Home to dozens of charming log chalets – all beautifully constructed to blend in with the surrounding native bush, it’s a picturesque part of the country which will have you reaching for the mulled wine and skis during winter, and hiking shoes and camera over summer.

There is so much to discover in our backyard. Take the time to explore it.

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Cathedral Cliffs

New Zealand beauty at its best.

International Travellers

From rugged coastlines and sandy beaches to inland alpine villages and lush green forests - the natural beauty of this area is spectacular.

A jewel of the Hurunui District is New Zealand’s alpine spa village, Hanmer Springs. Enjoy natural thermal pools, hydroslides, indulgent spa treatments and a lovely range of boutique shopping. Play mini golf, enjoy incredible walking and biking tracks or get an adrenaline boost with countless adventure activities on offer.

If you are a lover of food and wine, the Hurunui will be sure to delight, producing some the country’s best food, wine and beer. The North Canterbury Wine Region is home to more than 20 cellar doors and incredible vineyard restaurants. Enjoy the flavours of our region, while taking in the incredible views of the surrounding valleys.

Or meander through the region’s stunning routes, finding local secrets on the way - the natural phenomenon that is the Cathedral Cliffs near Gore Bay, Mt Lyford Lodge (with spa pools on its decks!) and historic villages dotted along inland roads.

Start your journey. Discover one of the best little getaways in the world.

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Alpine Pacific Touring Route

450-kilometers of spectacular. The Alpine Pacific Touring Route is awe-inspiring every step of the way.

Alpine Pacific Touring Route

Winding its way from Christchurch, through North Canterbury to Kaikoura in the east and Hanmer Springs in the west – this is a journey of unparalleled variety you’d be hard placed to find anywhere else in the world.

Taste the award-winning flavours of the buzzing North Canterbury and Waipara wine and food scene and soak under the stars at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Stretch your legs and listen for bellbirds on a mountain walk or hit the sea for close encounters with whales, seals, albatross and dolphins in Kaikōura. It’s one of the best places for marine life encounters on the planet.

There are art trails to explore and plenty of beaches to comb as well as many new gems to discover in Christchurch, New Zealand’s hub of change and creativity.

Be it the alpine beauty of Mt Lyford and Waiau, the secluded beaches of Gore Bay and Motunau, the resort town of Hanmer Springs, or the old country charm of Weka Pass and Hawarden - this is a road-trip that truly has it all.

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Touring Route

Ocean Alpine Sea

This journey will take you up the newest coast in the world to Kaikoura then across the alpine mountains through Hanmer Springs and onto the rugged natural West Coast. Experience pure New Zealand right here.

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Getting Here

Hurunui is a short 45-minutes drive from Christchurch.

Head north up State Highway One and enter into a region like no other.

Hanmer Springs

New Zealand's alpine spa village is a haven of both relaxation and adventure. For more than a century visitors have sought the rejuvenating tonic of this beautiful town.


This is a place like nowhere else in the world - where mountains spectacularly meet the sea. Magnificent wildlife is plentiful and exciting adventures and fascinating history await you. This is New Zealand’s eco-tourism capital and under three hours' drive from Christchurch.

Mt Lyford

Beautifully constructed to blend with the environment and surrounding native bush, the heart of the village is Mt Lyford Lodge with an excellent restaurant, bar and a range of great accommodation. Mt Lyford’s ski field has slopes for all abilities.


Cheviot is known to most as being a great place to stop on your way elsewhere. There are some fabulous places to eat, drink, get supplies, shop and fill up your car. There's a lot more to Cheviot than you may have realised so it is well worth taking the time to visit for longer.


Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration and creativity thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions.

Christchurch Airport

The primary gateway to the South Island, Christchurch Airport has an award-winning terminal which attracts more than 6.5 million passengers a year, connecting Christchurch with the rest of the world. There's plenty of places to eat, shop and relax while you await flights.

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Culverden is set in the middle of the wide Amuri Basin surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop. This delightful country township offers a variety of bed and breakfasts, nature walks and farm-stays, making it an ideal setting for travellers seeking a rural New Zealand experience.

Gore Bay

Gore Bay along Cheviot's coastline is one of new Zealand's safest surfing beaches, while the Gore Bay Tourist Drive takes you past the spectacular Cathedral Cliffs. This is one of the region's most photogenic attractions.

Greta Valley

The Greta Valley is a relaxed farming community where you can really get away from it all. With green rolling hills and a uniquely kiwi way of life, you can't help but relax here.


Hawarden is home to the famous Flaxmere Gardens, its also the gateway to the pristine high country Hurunui lades, which reward those who make the journey with unbridled landscapes and pure New Zealand vistas.


Travel along State Highway 7 and you'll soon come across the Hurunui Hotel and village. Once a reprieve for weary sheep drovers travelling to Christchurch, it remains an iconic landmark in the region today.

Motunau Beach

The coastal settlement of Motunau Beach is a great place to retreat and enjoy the quiet seaside ambience and local seafood. The much sought after blue cod is among the catch on offer so the beach is a popular fishing spot, while the experienced diver can enjoy an abundance of crayfish.


The township of Rotherham was established in 1877 to attract labourers to the district. Keep an eye out for the historic Watters Cottage, built by John Watters, an Irish expert wool presser in 1878, it’s been restored as a memorial to the Amuri farmers and station workers.

St James Conservation Area

The stunning St James Conservation Area is a 78,000 hectare reserve with exceptional natural features including glaciated valleys, streams, wetlands, lakes and picturesque tarns.


Waiau is a picturesque village with a rich history and a love of the outdoors. Well known as a great holiday spot for families, at its heart is a charming village green which incorporates an historic jail and some village stocks (great for a photo stop!).


Travelling via State Highway 7 to Waikari is one of the most scenic road trips in New Zealand. Waikari offers panoramic views of the Puketeraki and Kaikoura ranges and is the stopping point for the Weka Pass Railway.

Waipara Valley

The North Canterbury wine region is an Aladdin’s cave of geologically rich areas brimming with limestone, moa bones and fossils. Award-winning wineries, stunning scenic walkways and delicacy-producing farms are all here.


Greymouth is a town with a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods.


Amberley is a bustling rural town that has a lot on offer – beaches, walkways, an excellent golf course, high quality cafés and shopping. Its nearby beach is a popular spot with a seemingly endless coastline.

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
42 Amuri Ave
Hanmer Springs
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 315 0000
Freephone: 0800 442 663

Open 7 days 10am - 9pm,
except Christmas Day.

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