Soak in the Cascade Pool at Hanmer Springs. © Hanmer Springs

Soak and slide at Hanmer Springs


People have been taking to the waters at Hanmer Springs for well over a century.

With soaking pools, rock pools, mineral pools and sulphur pools, the range of thermal swimming options at Hanmer Springs is designed to cater to every mood and aquatic preference.  

Set in a beautiful alpine environment, it’s a pretty special experience to soak away the day in naturally heated water breathing in the fresh mountain air. 

Soothe yourself in one of the five new boulder-framed cascading pools that range from 37º to a toasty 42ºC.

Or, for the more energetic, Hanmer Springs also has a lazy river, a kid’s play pool and some of the best water slides in New Zealand. Grab a one- or two-person tube and take on the hydro slides that will propel you down steep slopes, up a near-vertical wall and spinning around the aptly-named Super Bowl. 

Did you know that AA Members can get a 20% discount on Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa single-entry tickets? Find out more. 

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