20 May 2021 | Written by Bachcare Holiday Homes

Top Ten Things to Do in Hanmer Springs in the Rain

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Rainy Day Activities – Hanmer Springs

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Don’t let the rain ruin your holiday. Enjoy your cozy holiday home, or step out and get some shopping done.

A spa day is the ultimate in relaxation; the rain even adds to the relaxing experience. Feed your soul at an art gallery or your stomach at a fabulous restaurant. If you need to get outside in the rain, jump in with both feet on a quad bike tour, canoe tour, or a white water rafting excursion.

There’s plenty to do on a Hamner Springs raining weather day.


Ten Things To Do in Hanmer Springs Raining Weather

1. Make it a Spa Day

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If it’s raining outside and you don’t want to get wet, having a spa day is just the ticket. There’s something soothing about listening to the rainfall outside while you are snug and warm under the water. Take that relaxed feel further by indulging in a spa treatment.

At Mountain View Massage, experienced therapists will massage your sore muscles and help your mind, spirit, and soul relax.

Hanmer Springs Massage and Beauty offers a full line of spa treatments. Try a massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, tanning, waxing, and more. You can also enjoy a couples massage or hot stone treatment.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa offers a fabulous range of pools. Soak in a soothing sulphur pool, a bubbly tub, or a relaxing rock pool. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa also has a sauna and steam rooms. They offer a wide range of spa services. The whole family can relax on the lazy river, enjoy water slides and the activity pool. This is a wonderful way to spend a rainy day.


2. Go Shopping

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The main shopping street of Hanmer. Credit: Flickr

Hanmer Springs has several charming boutique shops available to peruse on a rainy day. You’ll find clothing stores, accessories, outfits for your pets, and sweet treats.

Creative Genius sells handcrafted items such as dog coats, table mats, tote bags, cushions, wooden toys, and artwork. They also have jewelry, etched woodware, and natural soaps. These handcrafted goodies are sure to delight you.

FashionWorks sells gorgeous clothing that you’ll feel right at home in.

The Decadent Fudge Company will help you forget the gloomy weather with artisan fudge and chocolates. They offer healthier treats, dairy-free fudges, and gluten-free fudges too.

The Lolly Pot offers a range of treats with all your childhood favourites. Take a sweet trip down memory lane.


3. Art Galleries

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Checking out an indoor art gallery is a great way to hide from the rain while feeding your soul and expanding your horizons. Majuba Gallery features beautiful artworks and jewelry by local artists.

Inside the Hanmer Springs Library, you’ll find the Amuri Community Arts Council Gallery. Local artists have their varied and evolving art on display.

At the Tait Gallery, discover local emerging and established artists. Works on display include watercolour, ink, oil, mixed media, and acrylics. Tait Gallery also displays woodwork, glasswork, jewelry, and pottery.


4. Restaurants

There’s nothing like a bottomless cup of coffee or a hot, decadent meal to pass the time on a rainy day.

For coffee, brunch, or to taste test a variety of tapas, check out the Rustic Café & Tapa’s Bar. Local menu items include Maori bread served with chutney.

The Powerhouse Café offers spectacular brunches and gourmet coffee. The Florentine colcannon potato cake and Florentine colcannon potato cake are two popular menu items, sure to feed your tummy and your soul.

Fire & Ice Cafe has a full menu, and servers will make you feel right at home.

At Five Stags Restaurant Hanmer Springs, you’ll be immersed in a laid-back hunting lodge atmosphere. This homey restaurant serves comforting, high-quality dishes. Locals and tourists alike visit to have a beer and discuss their day.

At Monteith’s Brewery Bar, you can relax and warm up by their indoor fireplace. They serve local beers, wines, and hearty food. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a multi-course meal from an appetizer platter, followed by a delicious entree and a satisfying dessert.


5. Walk Hanmer Forest

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Hanmer Heritage Forest. Credit: Flickr

Even if it’s raining, a walk through Hanmer Forest is a rewarding experience. The rain seems to accentuate the birdsong. Enjoy nature at its finest as you stroll in the elements. On the Forest Amble Walk, you’ll find hidden wooden sculptures along the trail. The Fairy Door Walk will have you searching for the sweetest fairy doors. Take the Waterfall Track to Dog Stream Waterfall and relish the beauty of nature.


6. Jeep Tour

A guided Jeep Tour is a great way to explore the stunning landscape in the Hanmer area. Since the Jeep is enclosed, you’ll be out of the rain until you are inspired to stop and take pictures. While rainy pictures might sound a bit drab, you’ll be inspired by the dramatic mood you can capture.

Jeep Tours are available for short jaunts, such as the Jacks and Jollies Pass. This one-hour tour goes to the Clarence River with stops to appreciate the scenery. Enjoy a longer Jeep Tour and visit Lake Tennyson. You’ll be treated to forest, high mountain, and water views.

Five-hour tours travel to Lake Sedgemere or the Molesworth Recreation Reserve. During the Lake Sedgemere tour, you’ll travel to 1347-meters above sea level. The weather might be quite different from this altitude! This is a great tour for viewing birdlife and water foul, who quite enjoy wet weather.

During the Molesworth tour, you’ll visit extreme landscapes from mountains to valleys. Have lunch at Cobb Cottage and view New Zealand’s largest farm with around 10,000 beef cattle on the property.


7. Hanmer Springs Animal Park

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Sheep. Credit: Flickr

Feed the farm and exotic animals in residence at Hanmer Springs Animal Park. You’ll find lambs and sheep, goats, ponies, donkeys, llamas and alpacas, ostriches, emus, wallabies, cows, water buffalo, and deer. Geese, chickens, guinea pigs, and rabbits are also in residence.

There’s a wonderful wallaby enclosure where you can hand-feed the cute wallabies. Animals don’t mind the rain, so join in the fun. You won’t be able to stop smiling with all these adorable animals showing you how to enjoy the weather. You can bring a picnic lunch, or enjoy hot coffee and lunch at the café.


8. Waiau River Paddling

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Strap on your helmet and wetsuit, and prepare to get wet on a canoe adventure. Join a guided inflatable canoe tour and venture down the scenic Waiau River. All skill levels are welcome, and your guide will ensure that you feel safe and prepared for the excursion.

As you paddle downstream, you’ll relish the gorgeous scenery and slower pace. View river gorge waterfalls while your guide narrates the area’s natural history. Stop for a picnic lunch in a scenic location. Instead of walking or busing home, you’ll return upriver on an exciting jet boat ride.


9. White Water Rafting Waiau River

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If a mellow canoe ride doesn’t sound thrilling enough, prepare to get absolutely soaked on a white water rafting adventure. The Waiau River has Grade II rapids, and you’ll have a thrilling experience on a guided rafting trip.

Your guide will kit you out with a wetsuit, life vest, helmet, and paddle and give you a thorough safety briefing. Along with heart-pounding rapids, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Waiau Gorge. Adventurous participants are invited to take part in a fun rock jump. End the tour with a trip back to base via jet boat. This exciting trip home is half the fun!


10. Quad Bike Tour

Get wet and muddy on a fun, fast-paced quad bike tour. Drive your own quad bike and follow the expert guide through the scenic Hanmer Springs landscape. You’ll push through streams, go through forest land, and get splattered by mud on this all-terrain adventure. The scenery is fabulous, the quad bikes are exciting, and the guides are fun.


Enjoy Your Hanmer Springs Raining Weather Day

There’s a variety of ways to get the most out of a rainy day in Hanmer Springs. Find the perfect Bachcare hideaway to curl up in and brew a hot cup of tea while you check the weather forecast.

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