Spa-lovers may find it hard to leave Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools—actually anyone who likes to relax will easily find reasons to stay.
For many, the standout attractions are the dozen open-air geothermal pools, ranging in temperatures from 91 to 107°F (33 to 42° C). There are also three sulphur pools, six private indoor thermal pools and a sauna. Convincing guests to linger is typically not difficult.
The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools also attract traveling families. Water slides and a heated swimming pool with a walk-in beach style entry provide hours of fun, and even parents enjoy floating on the Lazy River.
Skiing and ice skating are popular ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter, while during warmer summer months hiking, kayaking and mountain biking lure folks out of the warm pools.
An assortment of lodging is available in the area, ranging from apartments and boutique hotels to B&Bs. Located northwest of Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is about an hour and a half’s drive.