Vacation rentals in Hanmer Springs

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Popular amenities for Hanmer Springs vacation rentals

Stay near Hanmer Springs's top sights

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa73 locals recommend
Powerhouse Cafe & Restaurant11 locals recommend
Saints Cafe, Restaurant & Bar5 locals recommend
Hanmer Springs Attractions5 locals recommend
Five Stags3 locals recommend
Monteiths Brewery Bar4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Hanmer Springs

  • Total rentals

    320 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    14K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    260 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    70 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    100 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Hanmer Springs

All About Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is a resort town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island, known for its thermal pools and spas. You could easily spend hours here, soaking in the hot springs and breathing in the scent of cypresses, giant firs, and cedars. But the area also attracts those who’d rather not sit still — hikers, bikers, and skiers traverse the towering mountains, while white-water rafters, anglers, and speed boaters explore glacier-fed rivers and lakes. Nearby, experienced equestrians can ride horses through the St James Conservation Area, one of the largest operating cattle and sheep stations in the country. You could also sip chilled chardonnay from one of a half-dozen wineries in the area, or head further afield to explore one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions. In the town itself, you’ll find shops showcasing local art and artisan products alongside the restaurants and cafes.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Hanmer Springs

The best time to rent holiday homes in Hanmer Springs is during the summer months, when clear skies create the perfect conditions for exploring the St James Cycle Trail. Temperatures from December through February are mild, while winter temperatures from June through August can hover around freezing, which is good if you want snow and the adrenaline rush of the local skiing and snowsports scene. In October, you can tour private gardens and historic homesteads at the Hurunui Garden Festival. In February and July, the Honour Festival Summer and Winter Wellness Retreats are one-day events centered on yoga and healthy cooking demonstrations. Whether you’re a curious eater or a seasoned sommelier, you can visit Hanmer Springs in March for the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival.

Top things to do in Hanmer Springs

Cathedral Cliffs

Take the 1.5-hour road trip to Gore Bay Reserve and stand atop the dramatic Cathedral Cliffs for a bird’s-eye view of surfers riding wild waves beyond the rugged coastline below. Stop for fresh seafood just down the road at Motunau Beach, or head out on the water in search of your own catch — look out for salmon and kingfish.

Hanmer Heritage Forest

Trails through the Hanmer Heritage Forest range from stroller- and family-friendly routes to half-day expeditions to conquer Mount Isobel. If you only have an hour, you can hike the Conical Hill Trail for the best view of Hanmer Springs at its 655-foot summit. Children of all ages love the whimsical journey that is the Forest Amble Walk, home to fairy doors, painted rocks, and carved wooden creatures, such as a gentle giant and an orangutan.

Waipara Valley

Well worth the one-hour drive from Hanmer Springs, Waipara Valley is a popular wine region of more than 90 independently owned vineyards producing award-winning pinot and riesling wines. The valley is also known for woodland nuts and truffles, along with artisanal olive oils and cheeses. Once in the area, you can also book jet boats and river rafts steered by experts at navigating white-water rapids on the Waiau River.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Hanmer Springs?

    Hanmer Springs experiences a temperate climate with warm summers, cool winters, and moderate rainfall throughout the year. The summer temperature often ranges from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), while winter can plummet to -3°C (27°F), even bringing occasional snowfall. Remember to pack accordingly when planning outdoor activities.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Hanmer Springs?

    Visitors to Hanmer Springs frequently explore the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, go hiking in Conical Hill, or get a thrill from jet-boating on the Waiau River. Mountain biking along the St James Cycle Trail and wildlife encounters at the Hanmer Springs Animal Park are also popular.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Hanmer Springs?

    The most popular time to visit Hanmer Springs is during its summer months, from December to February. During this period, the Hanmer Springs Fete, an outdoor shopping experience featuring local artisans, is held in November. Additionally, the '4 & Rotary South Island Champs', a car show, usually takes place in January.

  • What are the best places to stay in Hanmer Springs?

    Popular areas to stay in Hanmer Springs include the village center for its proximity to shops and restaurants. Accommodations near Conical Hill Road are favored for their easy access to Conical Hill's walking track and stunning views. Staying near Jollies Pass Road is great for those seeking easy access to the thermal pools.

  • What are the best places to visit in Hanmer Springs?

    Frequently visited places in Hanmer Springs include the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Conical Hill for its panoramic views, and the Waiau River for jet-boating and fishing. The Hanmer Springs Animal Park and the St James Cycle Trail are also well-liked.

  • What are some hiking trails in Hanmer Springs?

    Hanmer Springs has many hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The Conical Hill Walkway is a favorite, with its lookout offering stunning 360-degree views. The Forest Amble, a gentle walk through the forest, is also popular. For a more challenging route, try the Chatterton River Track.

  • What are some family activities to do in Hanmer Springs?

    Hanmer Springs has a range of activities suitable for families. A visit to the Hanmer Springs Animal Park, a swim in the thermal pools, or a picnic in Hanmer Springs Forest are all family favorites. The Alpine Crazy Putt and Maze is also a fun option.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Hanmer Springs?

    From Hanmer Springs, day trips to the seaside town of Kaikoura, just 133km away, to watch whales and seals, is often recommended. Another suggestion is the Waipara Valley, renowned for its vineyards and wineries, which is approximately 90km away. For nature lovers, a trip to Molesworth Station, New Zealand's largest farm, might be appealing.

  • Do house rentals in Hanmer Springs have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 180 house rentals with air conditioning in Hanmer Springs. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Hanmer Springs?

    Hanmer Springs has more than 260 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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