Horse trekking in Hanmer Springs

Imagine summiting a steep hill set in an idyllic mountain landscape, in fresh air and sunshine, all without breaking a sweat.


Nothing beats climbing mountains on horseback. © Tim Cuff

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Tussock Peak Motor Lodge Visit website

Perfectly located in the heart of Hanmer Springs alpine village, Tussock Peak Motor Lodge offers affordable luxury, in tranquil and comfortable surroundings, but still close . . . More . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

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Waikuku Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park is a well established site situated a short drive north of Christchurch, and is a popular spot for weekenders and International . . . More . . . 

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Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

There is an adventure capital in the South Island with a fabulous food and wine scene. It is not in Queenstown...  Read the story . . . 

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From $95
Rosies B&B Visit website

Take a break and get away from the Rat Race for a few days and come put your feet up at Rosie's. . . . More . . . 

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From $100
Glenalvon Motels Visit website

Located in the heart of Hanmer Springs, adjacent to the thermal pools, Glenalvon Motels offers 9 quiet, spacious, ground-floor studio units, serviced daily, with off-street parking. . . . More . . . 

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Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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Pines Holiday Park Visit website

Pines Holiday Park in Hanmer Springs is situated 600m from the village and thermal pools. Adjacent to tennis courts, playground and skateboard park. . . . More . . . 

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Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you from Christchurch to Kaikōura, to Hanmer Springs and back again. Enjoy whale watching, hot pools and wineries. Read the story . . . 

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Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel Visit website

A modern & sunny Motel in the heart of Hanmer Springs, with affordable and comfortable facilities to suit everyone. Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel has . . . More . . . 

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Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Today the landscape of Arthur's Pass is punctuated with small towns that cling to the geography despite harsh wind, snow and mercurial populations. Read the story . . . 

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa Visit website

Hanmer Springs is New Zealand's premier alpine spa destination. Its is the place to be winter or summer with the Thermal Pools Complex better than . . . More . . . 

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Cheviot: secret spots and sheep sculptures

Cheviot is a blink-and-you-miss-it place with an often mispronounced name. It’s CH as in church, not SH as in… sheep. Read the story . . . 

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The Chalets Motel Visit website

Welcome to The Chalets Motel! Here you will find a quiet retreat where you can relax in your own fully self-contained Alpine style Chalet. . . . More . . . 

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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