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Hanmer Springs is only a 90 minute drive north of Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island. It is a popular holiday destination for Cantabrians and tourists alike. The village, surrounded by native bush and exotic forests, has developed around a hot spring, so come and relax in this beautiful alpine area.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa offers twelve inviting open-air thermal pools, three sulphur pools and six private indoor thermal pools, ranging in temperature from 28° to 42°. There's a heated freshwater swimming pool with a swift flowing lazy river, water slides, SuperBowl, AquaPlay area and water toys. To create the ultimate spa experience, visitors can also enjoy a range of massage and beauty treatments, so why not come and treat yourself?
And if relaxing isn't your style there's always mountain biking, tramping, horse trekking, fishing, golf, mini golf, rafting, bungy jumping, jet boating, quad biking and winter sports - you might be tempted by the hot pools after a days outdoor activity.
Mountain biking is very popular in Hanmer and the St James Cycle Trail (Hanmer Springs) is marketed internationally as one of New Zealand's Great Rides. There are an amazing number of mountain bike tracks in the region, catering for all abilities and ages.
Or hike and tramp the varied walking tracks in this very beautiful region. From easy short strolls to multi-day tramps the walks are well-marked and tended. Each of the tracks offer vastly different flora and fauna, such as sub alpine scrub, beech forest, the exotic Heritage Forest Area and woodland.
If you'd rather have legs than wheels then enjoy a horse trek to see the spectacular scenery of farmland, valleys and forests. All abilities are catered for.
And if you're a fisherman (or woman) there are many outstanding trout and salmon fishing locations in the region's pristine rivers. Helicopter flights are available to transport keen fishermen to wild and remote fishing spots. Game hunting and duck shooting are also popular in the high country.
Hanmer Springs golf course is open all year and offers 18 holes worth of wonderful scenery along it's beautifully manicured fairways.
In the winter, Hanmer Springs is a haven for winter sport enthusiasts. The ski fields offer beginner to expert runs, tuition, accommodation, skiing, snowboarding, heliboarding. There is also an ice-skating rink down in the village. There is nothing like unwinding and relaxing in one of the hot pools after an exhilarating day on the piste.
Hanmer Springs village has a real holiday atmosphere, with its numerous cafes, bar, restaurants and small shops. The region even has its fair share of wineries.