A beautiful alpine village with relaxing rock pools and a dash of high-intensity adrenaline action… Polar opposites that work together surprisingly well in this beautiful hidden gem!

Hanmer Springs is well known throughout New Zealand for its world-class thermal spa and a lot of Kiwis and visitors from abroad make the trip to relax in their soothing waters.

What they don’t always realise is that there are many other things to do in and around the village that can add a whole other side to your R&R retreat.

From hikes and walks to jet boating and bungy jumping – there’s a great mix of sights and attractions. This guide has been written to take you through the very best of them and tell you more about the place itself! If you are looking to explore the wider Canterbury region, check out our welcome to Canterbury guide.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Despite being a town of modest size (population under 1,000 people), there are plenty of things to do in Hanmer Springs. These range from the most restful and relaxing to the most adrenaline-fueled and exciting.

Something for everyone then and these are our favourites!

Hanmer Springs Events

As well as being a place where people come to get some good R&R (along with a dose of optional thrill-seeking fun), Hanmer Springs is also a place that hosts a lot of annual events and festivals.

Its beautiful scenery and isolation helps in this respect and is loved by those who appreciate the outdoors, many of whom are athletes and runners.

As a result, a lot of the events that take place here are races, which are great to watch and be a part of and we’ve selected the best and biggest that take place every year!

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