Discover Hanmer Springs & Christchurch Winter Magic

Discover Hanmer Springs & Christchurch Winter Magic

As the cold winter winds blow and the first snow falls in Tekapo, are you ready to chill out in Hanmer Springs and Christchurch this winter? Whether you’re a snow bunny or a warm-hearted explorer, there’s something magical awaiting you in these charming New Zealand destinations. So, grab your beanie and let’s dive into the top winter activities that’ll make your stay with VR Hotels unforgettable!

Skiing and snowboarding

One of the primary draws of Hanmer Springs and Christchurch during the winter months is the opportunity to hit the slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a beginner looking to try your hand at the sport, Hanmer Springs and Christchurch have the perfect winter playgrounds to suit your needs.

Mt HuttFor those seeking more challenging terrain, head to Christchurch ski fields such as Mt. Hutt and Porters Ski Area. Mt. Hutt, located just a scenic drive from Christchurch, boasts wide-open runs, stunning alpine views, and excellent facilities, making it a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Porters Alpine Resort is one of the best Christchurch ski fields to learn to ski or snowboard for beginners and intermediate snow lovers.

Skiing at Hanmer SpringsLocated just 20km from the charming alpine town of Hanmer Springs, the Hanmer Springs Ski Area offers a delightful skiing and snowboarding experience, with well-groomed runs catering to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders who want to refine their skills. With fewer crowds and untouched trails, the Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. While you’re in Hanmer Springs, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Mt Lyford Ski Area, known for its uncrowded slopes, breathtaking scenery, and relaxed atmosphere.


Après-ski experience

Hanmer Springs Thermal PoolsAfter a day on the slopes, it’s time to relax your tired legs and enjoy a hot soak in a steaming pool. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is a haven for weary skiers, offering a range of soothing mineral pools set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. As you enjoy a soothing soak in the rejuvenating natural hot pools, your kids can unleash their energy in the play pools and hydroslides, which now include the new thrilling Violet Vortex and Waiau Winder.

Ōpuke Thermal Pools and SpaIndulge in a cocktail at the swim-up bar while soaking in the serene atmosphere of Methven’s Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa, located at the foot of Mt Hutt. Their water, sourced from the nearby mountains and solar-heated, adds to the blissful experience. Plus, don’t forget to check out Bookme for exclusive deals and book a 2-hour experience at a discounted rate!He Puna TaimoanaHe Puna Taimoana offers a unique coastal twist on the traditional thermal bathing experience, with saltwater hot pools overlooking the stunning New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. Enjoy a Sunrise Soak at the hot pools while sipping your drink and soaking in the warm waters.

Whether you prefer the alpine charm of Hanmer Springs or the coastal ambience of Christchurch, a hot soak in these rejuvenating thermal pools is the perfect way to conclude your day of winter adventure.


Warm up with delicious food, drinks & a comfy night’s sleep

There’s nothing quite like indulging in a delicious, comforting meal or a warm, soothing beverage to truly embrace the winter season. In Hanmer Springs and Christchurch, you’ll find an array of culinary delights that will tantalise your taste buds and warm your soul.

Dining in Hanmer Springs and ChristchurchFor a post-snow feast, No.31 Restaurant & Bar is a must. Make sure you try their hearty mains and decadent desserts paired with a selection of fine wines when you’re in Hanmer Springs this winter. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at MK Restaurant and try the most delicious dumplings in the world!

Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, casual eats, or something in between, Christchurch has a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Located in the heart of Christchurch’s cultural precinct, Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar is the local’s fave. Warm up with mouthwatering dishes made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by an extensive selection of wines and cocktails. For more inspiration, check out our blog on Top 10 Restaurants in Christchurch for an Unforgettable Culinary Experience.

After an action-packed day in Hanmer Springs or Christchurch, there’s no better way to unwind than by cocooning yourself in the comfort of our Hanmer Springs Retreat or Parkview on Hagley.

The famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, Hanmer Springs Ski Area, and Mt Lyford Ski Area are just a stone’s throw away from our Hanmer Springs hotel. Nestled against an idyllic alpine mountain backdrop and just a 10-minute stroll from Hanmer Springs Village, it’s the perfect place to relax and revitalise.

Situated just across the renowned Hagley Park, our comfortable accommodation in Christchurch NZ offers a range of cosy rooms to choose from, including Superior, Executive, and Executive Premium Rooms. Kickstart your day with a continental or cooked breakfast served in our Sunrise lounge.


Family-friendly places to visit in Hanmer Springs in winter

Conical Hill WalkwayIf skiing and snowboarding aren’t on your to-do list, there are plenty of other attractions and activities in Hanmer Springs during winter:

  • On your way to Hanmer Springs from Christchurch, take a break stop at Waipara Valley. Renowned for its vineyards, Waipara is also the home base for the Weka Pass Railway. Hop on a steam or diesel-electric locomotive on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, or ride the Mid-Winter Night Train on Saturday 29th June for a unique experience after dark.
  • Explore the scenic walking and biking trails that crisscross the Hanmer Springs area. From leisurely strolls along the Conical Hill Walkway to family bike rides along the Hanmer Springs Heritage Forest Trail, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors together as a family.
  • Discover something truly unique in Hanmer Springs with a Lunch with a Llama. Bond with these gentle creatures, learn fascinating facts and uncover local history.


Family-friendly places to visit in Christchurch in winter

TranzAlpineWhile the ski fields and après-ski are undoubtedly the main places to visit in Christchurch in winter, there are plenty of other attractions and activities to explore in the city during the colder months:

  • Journey through the stunning Canterbury Plains, snow-dusted forests, and the majestic Southern Alps when you board the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth.
  • Another one of the family-friendly places to visit in Christchurch in winter is the International Antarctic Centre, where you can learn about the fascinating world of Antarctica and even step into a simulated Antarctic storm.
  • When the night is clear, escape the city lights and head to Akaroa for a stargazing tour to see the stars and the Milky Way through professional binoculars and telescopes. The night sky view from the Banks Peninsula is simply astonishing.


Accommodation options for your winter getaway

Whether you’re looking for a cosy mountain retreat or a chic urban oasis, VR Hotels offers the best hotel in New Zealand to suit your needs.

You’ll find a variety of charming lodges, motels and hotels in Hanmer Springs that provide the perfect base for your winter adventure. One that stands out is our Hanmer Springs Retreat, offering a breathtaking view of the Southern Alps from our windows. Our onsite hunting-lodge-inspired Five Stags Hanmer Springs can’t wait to serve you with hearty Kiwi cuisine after a day of adventure.

Relax in our stylish hotel in Christchurch, Parkview on Hagley. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking picturesque Hagley Park, our hotel is just a stone’s throw from all the winter activities and attractions.

Book your stay with us at Hanmer Springs Retreat or Parkview on Hagley and make unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island.


Embrace the magic of winter in Hanmer Springs and Christchurch

From the serene thermal pools and snow-capped peaks of Hanmer Springs to the vibrant cultural scene and world-class ski fields of Christchurch, make your winter getaway one to remember. Start planning your winter getaway today and discover the enchanting experiences that await you in these two remarkable destinations.