Things To Do On A Day Trip To Hanmer Springs

Choosing a location for your holiday does not mean you can’t get out and about and explore other towns and cities that are nearby during your holiday. Day trips to other places are a great way to see and do more while on vacation, especially in New Zealand as this compact country allows you to experience many great things all within a short distance.

A popular holiday location in New Zealand is Kaikoura, located on the east coast of the South Island, this Cantabrian town is world famous for its connection with whales – both historically as the home to a whaling station and many whalers to modern day whale watching tours and experiences. The town also revels in the abundant seafood of the region and you can find plenty of places to purchase fresh seafood for many of your meals in your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura.

Another reason Kaikoura is such a popular holiday destination is its accessibility to many other places in the South Island such as Christchurch, Marlborough, and of course, Hanmer Spings. If you are planning a day trip to Hanmer Springs from your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura here are some things to do:

Village and Surrounding Areas

If you enjoy getting out and about in the outdoors the Hanmer Springs and Hurunui district offers a chance to explore the area by hiking and biking, there are also hunting and fishing opportunities, and if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie there is bungy jumping, jet boating, and white water rapid rafting sure to satisfy the thrill seekers.

Thermal Pools

These pools offer something for everyone, there’s a family friendly activity area that has a picnic area, water slides, and water toys, if you want something a little more private choose from one of the six private indoor thermal pools to relax in your own space, if you are travelling with people who have injuries or disabilities there is a freshwater, heated swimming pool that features walk-in access like those found in international resorts.


No trip to Hanmer Springs would be complete without partaking in one of the spa services. Whether you choose a body treatment like a massage or hot stone therapy or a beauty therapy such as manicure, pedicure or facial you will be pampered and indulged, allowing you to really relax and enjoy your treatment.

After a day of thrill seeking, soaking in the thermal pools and enjoying a spa treatment you can head back to your self-contained accommodation in Kaikoura for a glass of wine and a relaxing evening.

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