Relax in the multiple natural thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools with beauty treatments and massages on site for some serious pampering. Makes a lovely stop off between Nelson and Christchurch but can get a bit busy in peak season and weekends – we recommend visiting early in the week……and finding the olde fashioned LollyPop sweet shop! This small tourist town also offers woodland walks and biking for all levels, plenty of restaurants and a surprising number of golfing options.
Alternatively, for a more intimate and natural hot springs experience both indoors and outdoors, stop off at http://maruiahotsprings.nz on the main State Highway at the northern foot of the Lewis Pass. It makes a great halfway house stop between Nelson & Christchurch, with stunning mountain views from your naturally heated rocky outdoor springs, plus a top notch gourmet restaurant and accommodation.
Watch the video below for more about Hanmer Springs and other areas surrounding Christchurch.