For lovers of the outdoors, there isn’t much that can beat Hanmer Springs on a pleasant day. Countless scenic walks weave through and around the village, ranging from pet-friendly tracks (on leash) to challenging hikes. There’s no better place to get off grid a little, unwind, and wander about in some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery. Enjoy meandering alongside rives, embarking on forest and mountain trails and heading out to the coast. Chances are after all that exploring and plenty of steps, you’ll be hungry! If you’re looking for some fantastic places to eat check out our top 7 restaurants in Hanmer Springs.
We’ve chosen 5 of the best walks to do while you’re visiting…
1. Conical Hill
One of the most popular walks in Hanmer Springs and for good reason! This 1 hour walk is a favourite track for locals and visitors alike. You can even take your dog with you. The winding track will take you through exotic plants and bush, up to the summit which offers beautiful 360 degree views over the village and the Hurunui District. It’s not too strenuous either, easily done on a morning before a scrumptious lunch at a cafe.
2. Waterfall Track
You’ll need a good sense of adventure for this track! Prepare yourself for about a 3 hour round trip, which is well rewarded with an incredible waterfall (no surprises there!) and lush native forest. The Dog Stream Waterfall is a fantastic sight and the perfect spot to stop and enjoy some packed snacks or lunch. The trail winds through relatively steep terrain until you reach the top where you’ll be able to watch the waterfall cascading into the basin below.
3. Dog Stream Reserve
This is a short walk that follows Dog Stream into the forest reserve. Perfect for an after-lunch wander on a sunny afternoon, and especially stunning in Autumn. This is another track you can bring your four-legged companion on, whom we’re sure will enjoy the scenery as much as you! There’s plenty of picnic tables providing an ideal set up for an al fresco meal, or play a game or two in the wide open spaces on offer.
4. Majuba Walk
This is the perfect addition to your walk if you’ve already made it up to the Conical Hill summit and you’re keen to explore some more! This track joins Conical Hill and the stunning Woodland Walk together. You’ll wind through groves of pine trees and get to enjoy some idyllic views of Mt Isobel.
5. Woodland Walk
You’ll find this family friendly track in the Hanmer Forest, offering a beautiful range of scenery including wetlands, parkland, pine forest and the Woodland Stream. The track makes for a perfect leisurely 1 hour stroll and due to it mostly being flat it’s ideal for strollers or a picnic with the family.
Hanmer Springs is undoubtedly a fantastic option for a great outdoors adventure. Make sure you have a comfortable place to stay after all that physical activity! Check out our Hanmer Springs holiday homes to find your perfect alpine retreat.