Our guide on where to eat in Hanmer Springs
Nothing compliments a day of rejuvenating activities in Hanmer Springs quite like a great meal! While the village of Hanmer Springs is only a few kilometres in size, the level of exceptional restaurants is quite impressive. Whether it’s a family-filled feast or a special dining experience for the adults, we’ve compiled a list of where to eat in Hanmer Springs for all meals of the day. For where to stay in Hanmer Springs, take a look here!
See our top 7 restaurants to visit on your trip to Hanmer Springs…
1. MK Restaurant ($$$)
Taking the Hanmer Springs dining experience by storm, this unique restaurant is one of a kind in New Zealand. MK Restaurant only does one cuisine – dumplings. But they’re not just your standard dumplings – ravioli dumplings, gyoza dumplings and practically anything else that can be served in dumpling form. These meals are treated like a work of art and taste better than any words could possibly describe. To top it off, MK Restaurant has a humble approach with their guests, so don’t be surprised if you’re greeted at the door by the chef himself!
Cuisine: Modern Chinese dishes
Price: small plates from $14 and mains from $30
Opening times: 5pm-9pm Friday-Tuesday
Address: 3/24 Conical Hill Road
2. No. 31 Restaurant and Bar ($$)
Vanilla crème brûlé… enough said! The most popular menu on the item, this tasty dessert is reason enough to go. But No. 31 Restaurant and Bar offers so much more. From their fish of the day to meat cheeks that practically melt in your mouth, there are items on the menu to satisfy every craving. It’s also the best place in Hanmer Spring to enjoy a cocktail and celebrate a special occasion.
Price: small plates from $16 and mains from$39
Opening times: 5pm-10pm daily
Address: 31 Amuri Avenue
3. Springs Pizza ($$)
Sometimes after a long day of adventure you just need a big cheesy pizza. Springs Pizza delivers on that, and more. With generous toppings and immaculately baked crusts, these pizzas are sure to fill you right up. The highlight of their menu is the Black Balls pizza; using sausage hailing from the town of Black Balls, Spring Pizza created a dish of any meat-lovers dream. Spring Pizza also offers patrons with the option of dining in or ordering for takeaway, so you can bring back your tasty meal to enjoy in the comfort of your holiday home – bliss!
Price: antipasto from $10 and pizzas from $20
Opening times: 5pm-9pm Wednesday-Sunday
Address: 20 Conical Hill Road
4. Hanmer Bakery and Café ($)
Any Hanmer Spring itinerary must involve a trip to the Hanmer Bakery and Café. Located within walking distance from the base of Conical Hill, it’s the perfect place to fill up before or after the climb. With endless bakery food that is guaranteed to make for a tough decision, take comfort in knowing you really can’t go wrong with the meat pie, spinach quiche and mouth-watering selection of classic Kiwi pastries and cakes.
Cuisine: Bakery and Café
Opening times: 6am-4pm daily
Address: 24 Conical Hill Road
5. Monteith’s Brewery Bar Hanmer Springs ($$)
This lively bar is a great place to indulge in a classic fish and chips meal or pub burger. With a cosy setting and kid-friendly meals, Monteith’s Brewery Bar Hanmer Springs is an ideal budget-friendly option with the best value in town. For adults wanting to extend the evening with a bit more fun, there is often live music and late-night openings.
Cuisine: Kiwi pub dishes
Price: starters from $12 and mains from $18
Opening times: 9am-2am daily
Address: 47 Amuri Avenue
6. Fire and Ice Café, Restaurant & Bar ($$)
A newcomer to the Hanmer Springs’ restaurant scene, Fire and Ice Café, Restaurant and Bar is definitely your happy place when it comes to delicious and reasonably priced food! With generous servings and a special kiddie’s breakfast menu, this is the perfect place for brunch before an afternoon of activities. They also do the best barista coffee in the village, which is accompanied nicely with their hearty breakfast burger.
Cuisine: Modern Kiwi dishes
Price: brunch from $13 and dinners from $30
Opening times: 8am-11:30pm daily
Address: 37 Amuri Avenue
7. Black Estate ($$$)
Black Estate is an absolute must either en-route to Hanmer Springs or as a small day trip while on holiday. The stunning views of the vineyards, rivers and rolling hills of Waipara Valley are reason enough to visit Black Estate, but the promise of world-class food and wine leave no room for argument. Black Estate sits perfectly on top of a hill that also acts as one of their vineyards and was designed in a simple yet elegant manner that blends perfectly with the surrounding nature; it has even won them several prestigious architecture awards! But the real reason to go is for the dining experience. With only a few tables available, bookings are basically essential. The menu changes daily based on the foraging that morning, but one thing is always the same – the wine is the best in all the region and the freshly-baked ciabatta bread, locally sourced olive oil and hand-made truffle butter served with each meal is simply divine. Sold!
Cuisine: Organic Kiwi dishes
Price: small plates from $18 and mains from $35
Opening times: 10am-5pm daily
Address: 614 Omihi Road, Waipara