Hurunui

Families

For a magical family vacation, you can’t beat holidaying in Hurunui District!

From feeding farm animals in Hanmer Springs Animal Park, to riding the weka pass railway, getting off-grid at Gore Bay and tramping the Mt Cass walkway, a holiday in Hurunui District will give you time to connect with your loved ones and create long lasting memories.

Many parents cherish memories of learning to ski at Lyford or Hanmer ski fields and are excited to continue the tradition with their own children. Children and parents alike will delight in spotting the little creations dotted about the magical Fairy Door Walk in Hanmer, and of course soaking in the famous thermal springs is always a crowd pleaser.

There’s accommodation options for all budgets too. From camping at Balmoral Reserve, to holiday parks, motels and campsites, book your family holiday and let the fun begin!

Hanmer Forest Fairy Doors Walk

It appears some fairies have made themselves at home in Hanmer Forest - but only those with a sharp eye and who truly believe in fairies will be able to spot the tiny colourful doorways to their fairy houses! This magical walk starts at the Brooke Dawson Reserve and will absolutely captivate the little ones.

Hanmer Forest Fairy Doors Walk

Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel

Enjoy fabulous views from this modern luxury motel in the heart of Hanmer Springs. With plenty of parking and room for the children to play, and the thermal pools a 400m walk away, Scenic Views Motel is perfect for families or couples wishing to relax and enjoy everything that Hanmer Springs has to offer.

Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel

Hanmer Springs Hotel

Set among mature trees, with stunning views of the Southern Alps, this beautifully restored local landmark has been transformed into a resort with outdoor swimming pool, tennis and petanque courts. Enjoy local wines and cuisine at the elegant restaurant and bar, which features a roaring fire in winter, or al fresco dining in summer.

Hanmer Springs Hotel

Energy Jet

Experience all that beautiful Hurunui has to offer, with a thrilling jet boat ride along the Hurunui River with Energy Jet. From shallow river braids, to beautiful canyons and large boulder fields, plus numerous spins and time to pause and enjoy the serenity, this is an action packed trip, from start to finish.

Energy Jet

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is the fun place to relax and unwind. Soak in the natural rock pools or private spas, get your thrills on the hydroslides, or book an indulging massage or spa treatment in their exclusive spa.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park

Explore one of Hurunui’s hidden gems, Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park, a treasure trove of natural beauty and stunning artworks by Sculptor Raymond Herber. Stroll the extensive native gardens and discover the many different sculptures on display from amusing kinetic works, to giant steel and stainless steel pieces that are sure to surprise and delight.

Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park

Hanmer Springs Top 10

Affordable, easy access, great facilities and ideally located - there’s no better place to stay for families than the Hanmer Springs Top 10 Holiday Park. Whether you’re travelling in a campervan, or want to stay in a basic cabin, unit or motel room, there is an option for everyone.

Hanmer Springs Top 10

Hanmer Springs Attractions

Hanmer Springs Attractions offers all the fun, family-friendly adventure activities that New Zealand is famous for in the incredible location of Hanmer Springs. Get your thrills with a bungy, go for a hair-raising ride on a jet boat or try your hand at quad biking or claybird shooting.

Hanmer Springs Attractions

Alpine Crazy Putt

Located in the middle of picturesque Hanmer Springs Village, Alpine Crazy Putt and Village Cruisers is the perfect way to have some affordable fun with the whole family. The mini golf course has 18 challenging and fun holes, then pack a picnic, jump on a Cruiser and explore Hanmer Springs Village the fun way!

Alpine Crazy Putt

Learn more about Hurunui

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