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1 hour 42 minutes drive time from Christchurch Airport

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui

From rugged coastlines and sandy beaches to inland alpine villages and lush green forests – the natural beauty of this area is spectacular.

Home to award-winning thermal pools and a spa, Hanmer Springs offers boutique shopping, excellent eateries and an extensive network of walking and mountain biking tracks.

A sensational area to visit all-year round, Hurunui is hot in summer, bursting with blossom in spring, a blaze of autumn colour, and in winter expect to find postcard-perfect snowy scenes.

The rolling hills of Hurunui are also home to the fast-growing and award-winning North Canterbury Wine Region, with 90+ vineyards, most of them independent owned by close-knit community families. With some of the country’s most diversified land formations, the limestone soils of Waipara transform into the concentrated and expressive wines grown in the region, in particularly the Pinot Noir Chardonnay & Riesling.

Located just a short drive from Christchurch, Hurunui offers dramatic mountains, rivers, and alpine villages. 

  • Relax in natural thermal pools.
  • Explore mountain bike and walking trails around Hanmer Springs.
  • Get your adrenalin pumping with jetboating and bungy jumping.
  • Take the family to play mini-golf, get lost in a maze, or visit a farm park.
  • Play golf at Hurunui golf clubs in alpine vistas or beside the sea.
  • Taste some of New Zealand’s leading organic wine’s & foraged ‘farm to plate’ experiences

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui Seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
80 - 200

Flowers brighten the roadsides, parks and forests. Farms are filled with lambs and daffodils. Local produce is at its finest – it is a perfect time to enjoy the range of food and wine options around the district.


Summer - Dec to Feb
110 - 320

The days are long with amazing sunsets and photo opportunities. Hurunui has a dramatic coastline with beautiful beaches and great surf. Inland, there are cool rivers with a range of water activities available.


Autumn - Mar to May
80 - 240

The weather is mild and settled as the red and orange colours of autumn burst throughout the district. Hurunui has an extensive network of walking and biking tracks and autumn is a lovely time to experience nature.


Winter - Jun to Aug
00 - 150

Cool, crisp days. Take in the beautiful snow-capped mountains whilst enjoying Hanmer Springs alpine spa village, where you can keep warm in natural thermal pools.
Well-maintained roads make travelling easy.

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