Backpacker Hostels in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

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Get to know Hanmer Springs (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hanmer Springs. To help you make friends with Hanmer Springs before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Natural beauty and luxurious hot springs come together to make Hanmer Springs a wonderful short stop or long getaway while exploring the South Island. It is easily accessible by car or bus from Christchurch or Kaikoura and you will pass through beautiful countryside and old forest on your way to the small town.

Hanmer Springs has the feeling of a quaint, mountain resort town with tall shady trees and a short main street of glass-front restaurants with fireplaces. The hot spring spa is the main attraction in Hanmer Springs, where you can spend hours wandering from pool to pool to soak in the hot mineral water and sulfur springs; beauty treatments and massages are also available if you are looking for a little extra luxury. The hot springs will surely revitalize you after a long drive, many nights of camping, or tiring days of hiking. There are also a few other choices for hot springs a little outside of Hanmer Springs if you prefer a more rustic experience. In the surrounding forests, you will find excellent hikes and there is even a nice forest walk accessible right from town.

There are also plenty of options for food and drinks from the local cafes and pubs or you can get ice cream and thick shakes from the local shop. There is a small grocery store as well if you prefer to cook for yourself. The hostels in Hanmer Springs are convenient and well kept, providing affordable accommodation convenient to the hot springs and forest hikes. Since Hanmer Springs is a small town, everything is within walking distance and the surrounding mountains and forests give it a peaceful relaxing feel. Hanmer Springs is worth spending a relaxing afternoon exploring, but you will most likely want to stay longer once you realize its charm.

Written by local enthusiast for Hanmer Springs hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Hanmer Springs hostels Amanda Haehl

FAQ about Hanmer Springs Hostels

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A hostel in Hanmer Springs costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Hanmer Springs with private rooms costs on average $62. shows all 3 Hostels in Hanmer Springs. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 3 hostels in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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Your Packing List for Hanmer Springs

Your Packing List for Hanmer Springs

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Hanmer Springs Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Hanmer Springs, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$21 Average dorm price
$62 Average private room price
6.2 Average rating of all hostels

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