【NZ South Island】Hanmer Springs (Hiking at Conical Hill Walkway)


After our trip to Lake Tekapo ( where the Church Of The Good Shepherd is), we drove for 4 hr 22 min from Lake Tekapo to Hanmer Springs (a thermal resort town near to Christchurch).

We skipped Christchurch for this time simply because we have visited a few times before and the town is still under restoration from the major earthquake. To make the long 4 hours journey shorter, we visited Pegasus Bay Winery at Waipara wine region – which is about 50 minutes drive from Christchurch.Lake Tekapo to Hanmer Springs NZ Drive


In case you missed my previous post, our New Zealand trip started from Queenstown (South Island) and drove our way up north:

South Island:

North Island 

  • Martinborough (wine region)
  • Napier (Hawkes Bay wine region)
  • Lake Taupo (Volcanic lake town)
  • Cambridge
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Island

So, Where Did We Stayed In Hanmer Springs?

A night at Airbnb with Mountain and garden view. You can find the exact Airbnb  here – Private room with garden and mountain view.
Per night: $115 SGD  (including all fees)
Nice, super clean, spacious, and comfortable with own privacy.
Free carpark and continental breakfast, friendly host. Perfect.
Hanmer Springs stunning mountain view and garden view airbnb
Private entrance to the Airbnb – overlooking the host’s beautiful garden
Hanmer Spring - Airbnb - Mountain view
Airbnb view – wake up to mountain and garden with full of singing birds – Fresh bread and jam provided by airbnb host
airbnb hanmer spring room 1
airbnb hanmer spring - bathroom

What To Do in Hanmer Springs

– Golf
– Thermal Pool & Spa
– Forest Walk – Conical Hill Walkway
This small town is really known for its thermal pools and spa resorts, together with some nice golf course. If all these are not your thing, Conical Hill Walkway is a must – easy walk up the hill – 60 minutes return.

Conical Hill Walkway (Easy hike 1 hour return)

Conical hill walkway hanmer springs to do
Conical Hill Walkway Entrance

Cars can be parked nearby, just grab a light jacket and we are good to go.

Conical Hillwalk - Hanmer Springs jungle walk
Flat and compact forest floor. Also means it’s safer to walk.

Conical hill walkway hanmer springs todo

About 30 minutes to walk to the top. There is a viewing platform to see the panoramic view of the town. Basically the highlight of Hanmer Springs.
Conical Hill Walkway - View from Hanmer Springs
Some interesting plants/ mushrooms in the jungle – red means poisonous yay?

conical hill walkway mushrooms red

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa 

hanmer springs thermal spa and pool

Hanmer Springs is essentially a hot pool relaxation town. If this is your first time there, be sure to spend a relaxing day in the thermal pool. Adult single ticket $25 NZD, ticket price you can see it here.

The water in this thermal pools starts as snow and rain falling on the Hanmer Springs mountains almost 180 years ago. It seeps into the Greywacke basement rock and comes to rest in a reservoir some two kilometres underground, where it is warmed by heat radiating from the earth’s core. To put it simply, they are ancient water that’s good for you.

Food in Hanmer Springs

You can always find fish and chips and ice cream shop in every town in New Zealand, no matter big or small town. Hanmer Springs considered a small town, we found this small fish and chips stall near the main square. Delicious.

Hanmer Springs Fish and Chips

A typical New Zealand fish and chips, can’t be completed without lemonade “L&P” (stands for Lemon & Paeroa – world famous New Zealand soft drinks)!  1 portion of fish and chips + L&P drinks = $10.5 NZD. This is considered a cheap eat compared to a Phad Thai at a local bistro for $20.

hanmer springs fish and chips and l&p
Yum – most authentic NZ dish

Sunset at Hanmer Springs

Oh, not to mention the beautiful sunset at Hanmer Springs.

Sunset at hanmer springs new zealand

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Next destination: Nelson

Another relatively long drive (3 hr 30 minutes) drive up north to Nelson.

Many scenic lookout along the way. For example this one – just a pittstop beside the highway, how refreshing! @ Marui Falls

Marui Falls - NZ Hanmer Springs to Nelson

Hope you enjoy this post, stay tuned for Nelson next.

【NZ South Island】Hanmer Springs (Hiking at Conical Hill Walkway)
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