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The hot springs were judged to be one of seven exceptional visitor experiences at the inaugural Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards last month. Judges looked for entries demonstrating excellence in visitor hosting and a commitment to Tiaki - Care for New Zealand, a tourism industry initiative to encourage travellers to care for people, place and culture while in New Zealand.

Adventure options

For the more adventurous, options are seemingly endless. A jet boat ride incudes spectacular scenery along the Waiau River as you blast through narrow gorges, white water rapids and braided shallows. Bungy jumping from the historic Ferry Bridge with a freefall of 35m is a popular pastime, as is river rafting (grade 2) and canoe safaris. For the landlubbers out there, operators offer quad bike adventures, paintball and clay bird shooting along with other activities. The Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre is a good place to

Above: Clockwise - The braided Waiau River, home to kayaking, jet boating and white water rafting adventures; spa treatments for the weary 34

“Hanmer Springs is the place where people come to relax and rejuvenate, whether that’s soaking in our famous waters, indulging at one of the spas or hitting one of the walking or mountain bike trails.” SHANE ADCOCK

start, either via its website or calling to see what exciting thrills it offers. Spring, summer, autumn and winter, it has activities to suit all outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of age. Mountain bike tours are popular, along with its clay bird shooting and archery adventures. For something less challenging, visitors can go on a leisurely wine tour in North Canterbury, take a trip to historic Molesworth Station, do a scenic flight or go horse-trekking. Take your pick! The scenery is spectacular, no matter what time of the year it is and it’s well worth taking the time to get out and explore, especially the network of trails around Hanmer Springs. Whether by foot, bike or even horse, there are plenty of options, ranging from child and family-friendly through to advanced mountain biking. For two-wheeled adventures, take advantage of some of New Zealand’s best mountain biking, with exhilarating downhills, uphill challenges and undulating forest trails. The St James Conservation Area, for instance, offers thousands of hectares of diverse backcountry landscape – and recreational pursuits galore, including the 64km St James Cycle Trail. Families just love this district – with forests, parks, rivers and hot pools, it’s like a massive outdoor playground. Check out the animals at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, or lunch with llamas after a game of pitch’n putt. Afterwards check out the village shopping precinct which is full of boutique shops, cafés and eateries.

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