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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Rejuvenate in the natural thermal pools of Hanmer Springs after a thrilling jet-boat ride through Waiau Gorge. Start your full-day trip from Christchurch with the exciting ride at Thrillseekers Canyon, then visit the resort village of Hanmer Springs, where you’ll melt your stress away with a relaxing soak. Have lunch at the on-site cafe and enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle.
  • Day trip to Hanmer Springs from Christchurch
  • Jet boat ride through Waiau Gorge at Thrillseekers Canyon
  • Lunch in Hanmer Springs
  • Bathe in Hanmer Springs thermal pools
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Christchurch
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Lunch
Driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
After pickup by private vehicle from your centrally located hotel, relax on the 1.5-hour drive from Christchurch to the tranquil enclave of Hanmer Springs, a picturesque resort village tucked into into a mountain valley. 

On arrival, start with an exciting jet-boat ride through Waiau Gorge at the aptly named Thrillseekers Canyon. Burst through narrow gorges and white-water rapids and skim over braided shallows on a high-speed ride with thrilling 360-degree spins. 

Then head to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa for a provided lunch at the on-site Garden House Cafe. Relax in the volcanic sulphur pools fed by natural thermal springs, and soak your tension away against the massage jets. Dip into various pools offering a range of temperatures. Rich in minerals including chloride, boron, calcium and carbonate, the waters are known to treat a variety of conditions and injuries.

Enjoy views of towering redwoods and have time to explore the village of Hanmer at your leisure before departing for your accommodation, arriving back in Christchurch in the evening. Returning by private vehicle allows you to fully absorb the effects of the mineral baths without troubling yourself with the inconvenience of arranging transportation.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Canterbury Region
Picked up from your Central Christchurch accomodation and transfered through the rolling countryside of Northern Canterbury to Hanmer, peppered with farming townships and boutique wineries.
Stop At:  
Hanmer Springs Attractions
Arrive at the Waiau Bridge for your exciting Jet Boat Ride on the Waiau Uwha River (if option selected). Experience the exciting twists and turns of the jet boat as you ride through the gorge.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tea Kiosk Café & Grill at Hanmer Springs
Arrive into the beautiful Hanmer Springs township with its stunning alpine backdrop. Use this time to explore the town and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Kiosk Café.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Spend the afternoon relaxing and bathing in hot thermal pools. There's also some additional extras that can be purchased on arrival including theraputic massages and exhilarating hydroslides.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Waiau Ferry Bridge
Picked up from Hanmer and transfered back to your Christchurch accomodation.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for infants
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring swimmers, towel comfortable walking shoes
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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star-4
Did not have time for thermal pools...
Alexandra G
, Jan 2017
Did not have time for thermal pools but jet boat experience was another highlight of our holiday. Enjoyed the trip round Christchurch.
star-4
Jetboating was fun, but I would have...
Edward
, Feb 2014
Jetboating was fun, but I would have loved to bungi jump - not sure if that was also an option.
star-4
The driver was really nice and...
Thelma L
, Jul 2011
The driver was really nice and helpful throughout the whole day. Also got to hand shear the sheep's ourselves which was awesome!!!! Only slightly negative thing is: Wished that the Hot Springs were 'real' ones not man made - But they were still fun to see and go in :)
star-3
We were a bit disappointed that...
Mícheál G
, Jan 2011
We were a bit disappointed that Hanmer Springs was a series of manmade bathing pools in an enclosed complex. I thought we were going there to bathe in open springs with steam shooting out of the ground but alas, no! Bit more commercial and played down than that. Sulpher springs stink but it's all part of the experience. The Jet Boat ride was wicked and lasted about half an hour - great fun. The wine tasting was simply that - a small sample of about 8 wines, but no tour of the vineyard or visit to the vats. The sheep shearing was interesting and we had a go ourselves, but the sheepdog exhibition was lame, with a dog and 8 sheep running around a field for about 2 mins. Not a bad day out. You get to see plenty of scenery anyway.
star-5
Jeff , our relaxed and well-informed...
Janet N
, Jul 2010
Jeff , our relaxed and well-informed guide gave us a thoroughly enjoyable day. The jetboat ride was terrific fun, and the spa a novel experience. Great little package.
star-5
Enjoyed every minute of it. Because of...
Nicole C
, Jun 2010
Enjoyed every minute of it. Because of rain the previous days, it looked as if it would be impossible to do the Jet Boat, but the tour guide kept trying, and we were able to do it in the afternoon. It was a great day, everything went smoothly.
star-5
We had a wonderful time touring NZ's...
Joan K
, Apr 2010
We had a wonderful time touring NZ's South Island. The staff throughout were really helpful and we felt that people really cared that we were enjoying the experience. The South Island has a first rate tourist scene and fabulous natural beauty spots to enjoy.

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