This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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.
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 hostelsAmanda Haehl