Hanmer Springs Attractions
The gateway to the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs is the historic Waiau Ferry Bridge, home of Hanmer Springs Attractions. Our shop, cafe and activity base overlook the river, canyon and bridge and from here you can choose your adventure - from mild to wild! Many of our activities welcome children and family groups although minimum ages may apply. Choose from jet boating, river rafting, canoeing, quad biking & off-road buggy tours, bungy jumping (you can even jump as a parent/child combo!), paintball and clay bird shooting. Your options are endless and if you have a little more time on your side be sure to combo any or all of the above options to save you time and money! These combos will excite everyone in the family.
Hanmer Springs Jet Boating
Jet boat the entire length of Hanmer’s spectacular Waiau Gorge. Take in the magnificent scenery, then hold on while you experience the famous 360-degree spins. Narrow gorges, braided shallows, white water rapids: this trip has it all and is ideal fun for families.
Family Stuff: minimum age 3, duration 30 minutes
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Hanmer Springs Rafting
Our Rafting trip is a fun and exciting experience of river rafting without worrying about big rapids and is a great option for family groups. This grade 2 river will have you hold on as the gentle current leads you down the Waiau Gorge Canyon. Leap out of the raft to take a dip and marvel at the twisted rock and water holes before a return by jet boat to your point of departure.
Family Stuff: minimum age 6, duration 2 hours (approx 1 1/2 hrs on water)
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Hanmer Springs Canoes
Paddle down a gentle mountain river on a canoe adventure. These safe, durable and fun vessels allow you to explore the unknown through the scenic Waiau River gorge in the stunning natural environment of Hanmer Springs. This full day, fully guided river excursion includes a picnic lunch and a return by jetboat to your point of departure.
Family Stuff: suitable for families with children minimum age 6 years. Children must fit safety equipment in order to participate.
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Hanmer Springs Bungy
Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you challenge yourself to leap off a 35-metre high platform and plummet towards the Waiau River before your bungy cord stops your fall and you bounce back up....terror to elation in seconds!
Family Stuff: minimum age 10, minimum weight 35kg. Scared to go it alone? Try an adult/adult or adult/child combo!
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Hanmer Springs Quad Biking and Buggies
Challenge the terrain - we’ve got river crossings, mud, dust, dirt & excitement! With twin-seat off-road buggies ideal for families as well as quad bikes available for older teens and adults, we give you the freedom to ride safely to the conditions and within your ability. Each trip has a guide along for peace of mind and your safety.
Family Stuff: minimum age 6* (to ride as a passenger in a two-seat buggy) and 16 (to drive a quad bike or buggy). All gear and instruction is provided.
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Hanmer Springs Paintball
Work your way through our battlefield while avoiding the opposing outlaws! Guns are stocked with paint 'bullets' that explode into a splash of paint on impact. We provide overalls and safety gear.
Family Stuff: minimum age 10 years. Paintball is a high adrenaline game and if you shoot too close to your opponent it's possible to be mildly bruised by the paintball. Minimum numbers 2, although the more players, the more fun this is!
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Hanmer Springs Claybird Shooting
Ready, aim, pull! Practice your aim on this claybird shooting course. Located on the braids of the scenic Waiau River, this activity is sure to test your skill. Licenced experts are ready to help and teach you all you need to know to pull the trigger. Your ten shots take about 15 minutes, making this an affordable and time efficient option.
Family Stuff: minimum age 16 years.
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Please note that our activities are also subject to weight, height and confidence of the individual as well as to our minimum age requirements.
See the best of Christchurch with our Christchurch Attractions activities. Choose from the Christchurch Tram, the Christchurch Gondola and Punting on the Avon, or combine with a visit to two or all three activities. With the option to enter all three sites in the same day or to visit the attractions over two or more days, our discounted combo tickets are a great option for those wanting to explore the city.