Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

There is an adventure capital in New Zealand with a fabulous food and wine scene. It is not Queenstown.


Waipara under an autumn sunset. © Liz Carlson

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Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Soak in the surroundings of Hanmer Springs at Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park, 1.5 hours from Christchurch. Relax in our spacious alpine setting, so . . . 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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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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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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Road trips

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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Alpine Adventure Holiday Park Visit website

Spacious family holiday park in peaceful tree-lined valley, 2.5km to village. Generous caravan, campervan, and tent sites set amongst native and exotic trees. . . . 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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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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Road trips

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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Alpine Garden Motel Visit website

Stay with us when you visit Hanmer Springs, for the highest level of friendly and professional service - where location, comfort and hospitality is assured. . . . 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 . . . 

Waipara Hills Visit website

Nestled amongst vines and rolling hills, this iconic winery located in the Waipara Wine district is just 45 minutes north of Christchurch on State Highway 1. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Adventure time: 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 . . . 

Welcome To Hanmer Springs & The Hurunui District Visit website

Situated just a 45-minute drive from Christchurch, the Hurunui region is one of the South Island's best-kept secrets. Hanmer Springs is the heart of the district. . . . 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 Queenstown...  Read the story . . . 

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