Not all Hanmer Springs attractions and activities can be done in two days but you can still achieve a lot in that time. There’s also a good choice of accommodation

Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Accommodation

Not all our international travellers want to pay $500 plus per night so we think the Settlers Motel in Hanmer Springs is an affordable accommodation option. The units are scrupulously clean and the interiors have interesting architecture. It’s also reassuring to have the owners on-site. Alan and Sally have the local knowledge and we trust their recommendations. On arrival, Alan escorts each guest to their unit – a nice touch.

Settlors Motel Hanmer Springs

Although centrally located, the Settlers motels are just enough out of the township ‘hub’ to ensure a quiet night’s sleep. The units upstairs have their own balconies and the large skylight window in the bedrooms gives a view of the trees by day and romantic stargazing at night!

Hanmer Springs Settlors Motel skylight

Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Forest Walks Mountain Biking

The forest walks around Hanmer are beautiful and close to most of the accommodations. The wide tracks make it very attractive for walks and bike rides. The forest is home to imported Birch, Oaks, Cypress and Californian Pine trees. How gorgeous is this folks!

Hanmer Forest Walk

The mountain-bike tracks around here are well defined and differently graded, to suit all fitness levels. This had a long walk this morning breathing in pure Alpine air was invigorating. The bellbirds provide nature’s sweet music.

Hanmer Springs Mountain biking

Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – cafes and restaurants

If you’re a visitor, finding a good café with great coffee, can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. Alan recommended the Powerhouse Café and we’ll be eternally grateful to him:

Powerhouse Cafe Hanmer Springs

The coffee is hot and flavoursome, the cabinet’s full of beautiful artisan baking and there’s plenty of gluten-free options for me. I had the Coconut and Lemon Slice – so buttery with a fresh tangy lemon taste.

Powerhouse Cafe Hanmer Springs interior

Hanmer Springs attractions and activities – Hot pools and spa

The Hanmer Springs Hot Pools is a big hit with visitors but we’ll be splashing out in a different way at The Spa at Hanmer Springs. Choose a spa treat, make a booking and sign in for relaxation.

Hanmer Springs Spa Michael signing in

The spa experience is not about resolving complex muscular problems. That sort of treatment requires a specialist massage therapist either at a sports clinic or private Massage clinic. This spa provides a variety of quality luxurious body treatments where you’ll be pampered and treated like Kings and Queens. Meet the ‘Royal Couple’:

Hanmer Springs Spa Royal Coupe

I can totally recommend the Alpine Aqua Body Experience. It involves being scrubbed with a brown sugar solution mixed with lavender and other nourishing oils. Initially, its mildly uncomfortable but your body soon adjusts adjusts.  After a quick shower its back on the table for a blissful massage with a hydrating body butter rub. Afterwards, your skin feels oh so soft. The staff are very respectful and whisk the towels around with great skill. Afterwards, I felt like a new woman! Later, to round off the day, we dined at Restaurant 31.

Hanmer Springs Restaurant 31

Sometimes travelling and working on the road has it’s challenges . We’re out for a good part of the day either on tours or meeting operators. And we often work on our business until very late at night. When it’s time to relax, we really appreciate quality food and good service from wait staff. Restaurant 31 is Hanmer’s pride and joy. Time to put the cellphone away Michael!

Hanmer Springs Restaurant 31 red wine

The chef at Restaurant 31 is known from his days at The Old Post Office Restaurant. His reputation is solid but his wait staff also deserve the accolades. When our dessert arrived late, the staff apologised profusely and offered complimentary tea and coffees. Speaking of dessert…

Hanmer Springs Restaurant 31 dessert

I awoke this morning to snow on the mountains and hills – the weather’s turned crazy. But this beautiful little Alpine town looks good in any weather and the greens of the forest really ‘pop’ when it’s wet. It’s magic when you’re sitting in the hot pools with gentle snow flakes floating around you. Only 2 days here, so much more to experience, but what a great taster – another lovely memory to store away.

Hanmer Springs moving on

Happy travelling!

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4 responses to “Hanmer Springs attractions and activities”

  1. Jane Smith says:

    Thanks Pam and Michael, for putting in the hard yards and going above and beyond to test the NZ holiday experience to the ragged edge. A well-deserved (and very delicious looking) dessert at “31” after what must have been a gruelling day. Seriously, it sounds as though you are having a great time – makes me want to go on hols. J XXX

    • GuestNZ says:

      Hey Jane, I knew you’d have my back on this one! Yes it was gruelling but I’m a better person for it, having come though the other side unscathed. The dessert photo of the tiramisu was Michael’s choice. I chose the crème brulee. It was outstanding and the one by which all others will be judged.

  2. Jan Roberts says:

    Pam and Michael this is one of the best articles yet. The enjoyment of your stay really shines through in your words. We love to go to Hanmer for the mountain biking and our boys love the runs in the woods. Always nice to finish with a great meal and the soak in the hot pools a nice bonus for a weary body.

    • GuestNZ says:

      Thanks Jan. Yes Hanmer Springs is a one-stop-shop kinda place. The shops and café restaurants are all within stroll of where you’ll be staying. Great little place for a ‘breather’.

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