Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer Springs
(4.2/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Soak away your stress at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, a sprawling complex of pools, natural thermal hot springs, spa services, and water rides. The mineral-rich soaking pools fed by nearby hot springs include natural-style rock pools, sulphur pools, and aqua therapy pools. Kids of all ages will love the more active offerings, such as water slides and the man-made lazy river, which you can float down as the staff lifeguards ensure everyone's safety. To get some you-time, make an appointment for a private steam room or sauna, or book a massage or other treatment. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Hanmer Springs Edition.
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  • We loved our trip to the Hanmer springs thermal pools - the complex is large, varied and well-equipped with plenty of things for young children to do, the hot pools were delicious, the change rooms la...  more »
  • We live in Christchurch and come to Hanmer regularly. The pools are great for the family. There is a large play pool for the kids with a lizard slide & a beach like slope. There are hydrodslides for t...  more »
  • Every time I come to Hanmer Springs I make sure I have time to sit in the hot pools. The sulphur is great for the skin and is so relaxing although sometimes can be a little on the hot side. 
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  • Really enjoyed our visit. We visited on a cold and rainy day - the walk between changing rooms and the pools is all outdoors and the paved floor was freezing so we got really cold feet en route. If they have unlimited hot water, it would have been nice if they could do underfloor heating on the paths for colder days. Free parking, with special large bays for campers. Lockers cost $2 for 2 hours. Family changing room available which was really helpful. The main changing rooms / showers were really nice.
  • A great place for relaxing, relieving stress, basking in pleasantly warm mineral laden waters. Ok to bring your kids, but better if you leave them with someone else and don't bring them.
  • Great place to come for a hot soak. Find a pool with the right temperature for you. Got children, bring them along. They'll entertain themselves all day long in the kids friendly areas.
  • It was my first time doing hot springs in winter and I love hanmer springs! It has many pools of different temperatures for us to try and relax in. All the pools are also of different shapes and have different minerals and stones. Awesome variety! We also did the private pool which features good jacuzzi and privacy for couples😉
  • usual government run, over priced, monopoly. Kids will love it though, if everything's working... Potentially lethal situation of amoebic meningitis sign posted with "please don't put your head under the water" and ambulance-at-the-bottom-of-the cliff staff response to kids putting their heads under the water "Don't put your head under the water" ..... Accident waiting to happen or just an urban myth? No attempt made to translate this sign into other languages .... One way they've lessened the chance is by massive chlorination of most of the pools (well you'd have to anyway with all those dirty bodies in there - PLAGUE proportions of people on the weekends!) And the other way is that ACTUAL "sulphur springs" are only three tiny pools.... the rest are just normal, chlorinated swimming water. The staff working there are lovely people though. Oh and if you happen to be unlucky enough to be kicked out (or locked out) for their random, biannual emergency drill - don't expect any complimentary vouchers or any compensation (Well why should they? They're a government run monopoly!?) And anyway you should just suck it up cos they're doin' it to save lives, right? Best time to go is during the week - Sunday night to Friday morning to avoid the weekend hoardes... If you're going on a sunny day you may wish to take your sunglasses and hat.... The main outdoor pools are all mixed so apparently you can't go nude, which is a shame, but they also have private pools where you probably can, for the princely price of $20 for 30 minutes... Hanmer is a lovely place, and the pools are worth a visit. Just don't expect too much for your $22 (adult fee) Very clean and tidy