I'm looking for...

School holidays!

We've got you covered!

School Holidays

We've got you covered!

Are you looking for a place where you can take the kids for unlimited fun these holidays… and that you can enjoy too? 

We’ve got you covered at Hanmer Springs. Located just 90 minutes north of Christchurch, we’re just a short (and very scenic) road trip away. 

With so much to do in Hanmer Springs, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite activities - perfect to excite, relax and entertain!

Pool Entry & Pizza for $119! DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT!

Family Fun Day!

We’ve taken the stress out of packing up the car – and the family - for a fun day out with this package deal.

The Family Fun Day Package includes entry to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa for 2 adults and up to 3 children, plus two of our famous pizzas from the Tea Kiosk pizza oven.

All this for just $119!

Buy now! Learn More

Jet Boat on the Waiau River

Jet Boating!

Hanmer Springs has two amazing companies, Hanmer Attractions and Amuri Jet, offering Jet Boating just 10 minutes from the village.

Get Directions

School Holidays 01105

A treasure chest of toys and children’s delight situated behind the Four Square.

The Toy Shop Hanmer Springs

The Toy Shop is home to a huge collection of toys and games, suitable for all ages! You can find them through the alley behind Hanmer Springs Four Square and Hanmer Springs Attractions

Get Directions
Activity Hanmer

operation mindfall 2 300x200

A new outdoor escape adventure!

Activity Hanmer

A deadly virus, a top-secret research programme and 120 minutes to save the world from losing control of their minds.
Step into the midst of an undercover spy operation. Your team of secret agents have been handed classified information about Spider Tech, the company behind a top-secret research programme that, if successful, will give them the power to control the human mind. Spider Tech have leaked a dormant but deadly virus into the global water system. In just 120 minutes time they will activate the virus from their secure HQ servers in Hanmer and gain control of the world. Under the code name Operation Mindfall, your team must find the anti-virus and destroy Spider Tech’s servers. Pressure from foreign governments is mounting, the clock is ticking and the fate of the world rests in your team’s hands

Visit Activity Hanmers Website for more escape adventures!

Activity Hanmer

Fresh air & the great outdoors

Conical Hill Walk

Stretch the legs with this iconic 30-minute walk. Meander up the gentle zig-zag track to the lookout at the top and enjoy amazing panoramic views over the village – it’s the perfect place for some great holiday snaps of the family. If you have a little Bear Grylls in you, you can walk and climb straight up the track (rather than the zig-zag!). Be careful in winter as the track can get slippery.

Learn More

The great outdoors

Waterfall Track

If you have kids that love to get busy in the lush New Zealand outdoors, the Waterfall Track is a school holiday must! This winding and moderately steep trail begins at the top of McIntyre Road (accessed off Jollies Pass Road) and heads up the stream edge through dense native forest. It’s 2 & 1/2 hours return and requires some level of fitness. Although a little challenging for young (and not so young) legs, the reward at the top is not one to miss!

Learn More

Fun filled pedaling

Hanmer Rockets

We may not have ride-sharing app drivers in Hanmer Springs but we sure do have Rockets! A rite of passage for visitors in Hanmer Springs, these world-class quadricycles offer fun and enjoyment for all ages.

Rockets are available to hire at Hanmer Adventure Centre, 20 Conical Hill Road.

Learn More

For animal lovers of all ages

Hanmer Springs Animal Park

Hanmer Springs Animal Park is a must-see for animal lovers young and old. Set on six hectares, the park is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of the village.

The purpose-built farm park allows you to hand-feed a range of farm and exotic animals including sheep and lambs, goats, pigs, ponies, donkeys, llamas and alpacas, cows, a Texas longhorn, ostrich, emu, wallaby, water buffalo and deer and wallabies.

There are also ducks, geese, chickens, guinea pigs, chinchillas and giant Flemish rabbits – Dr Dolittle would be proud!

With trampolines and outdoor picnic tables, tea, coffee, light lunch and snacks, it’s the perfect place to spend the day surrounded by furry friends.

And don’t forget to say hi to ostriches Winston and Jacinda while you’re there!

Learn More


Mountain Biking

If you and your family fancy a little adventure, hit the fantastic mountain biking trails in Hanmer Springs. The tracks accommodate the novice rider with flat rides through the Hanmer Heritage Forest, as well as more advanced riders, with trails north of Jollies Pass Road. For the more adventurous, explore the expansive back-country roads and trails in the St James Conservation Area and the infamous Jacks Jollies Loop.

We recommend a trip to the pools after to let your muscles relax.

The best bit is you can bring your own bikes or hire them from the village for a hassle-free trip.

Learn more


Forest Amble Walk

The Forest Amble Walk is the perfect free afternoon activity for kids of all ages. It’s a short 30-minute return walk through the breath-taking Hanmer Heritage Forest, which means minimal effort but maximum fun. Search the woodland wonderland for larger-than-life wooden sculptures and challenge the kids to see how many they can find!

The track starts at 100 Jollies Pass Road, and is well signposted.

Learn More


The Spa

Indulge in an afternoon at The Spa and let the wonderful therapists help you forget about school holiday madness for a time. From hot stone and massage rituals, to facial therapies and pedicures, the team at The Spa can assist and enhance your break in Hanmer Springs. Every treatment booked also gives you access to the Thermal pools at the reduced entry price of $20. So step into a world away…

Book Online


Fairy Doors

Another walk to embark on with the kids is the Fairy Door Walk along Lower Dog Stream Track. The short, easy trail will lead you into enchanted territory with special doors home to woodland fairies, as well as painted rocks and trinkets along the way.

Just 30 minutes return, it's suitable for off-road prams.

Learn more


Mini Golf

Any budding golf pros in the family? Or at least they think they are… here’s looking at you, Dad! Challenge the family to a bit of friendly holiday rivalry with a game of mini golf - we have two courses to choose from!

As you travel into the Hanmer Springs village – you’ll spot A-Maze-N-Golf on the main road to your right. Travel back in time on the 18-hole Gold Rush-themed course. You can also solve the mystery of the Lost Temple Maze while you are there. Plenty of surprises to be found.

Just up the road past the Heritage Hotel, you’ll find Alpine Crazy Putt. It has a variety of fun and challenging holes with a historic Canterbury theme. Holes are named and modelled on distinctive local features, like the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

We can promise heaps of affordable fun but we can’t promise there won’t be a little heated competition!

For those wanting to hit a bigger green, the Hanmer Springs golf course provides a scenic backdrop to any game.

Learn More


The Lolly Pot & The Fudge Shop

Let’s face it, we all love a sweet treat, including the adults!

The perfect place to get your sugar rush is The Lolly Pot, at 5 Conical Hill Road, filled with just about any lolly you can think of – Willy Wonka would be a little envious!

Another must visit on your sugar stop is The Fudge Shop at 16 Conical Hill Road. It’s simple deliciousness with a mix of classic and fun flavours – Crème Brûlée doesn’t last long round here!

The Lolly Pot The Fudge Shop

A holiday park at an Alpine Resort Village

Hanmer Springs Top 10

Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park provides a premier TOP 10 experience where you can make ‘memories for life’, in our luxury apartments, motels, self-contained units and cabins as well as scenic camping.
This beautifully forested park is only 5 minutes from Hanmer’s thermal hot pools and alpine village also adjacent to the Hanmer Springs Heritage Forest walking and bike tracks.

Hanmer Springs Top 10

on Instagram

Stay Informed

Sign up to receive our newsletters and important announcements, upcoming events, and exclusive offers for the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.