Hanmer Springs

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Hanmer Springs is a small alpine town about 150km northeast of Christchurch. The mineral-rich waters of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve, where you can soak in naturally heated pools and spas, are internationally known and the town has become quite touristy due to the day trippers and pensioners on package tours. The town does not have much else of interest for the backpacker besides some nice walking and cycling tracks, but there are opportunities in the area for jet boating, bungy jumping, heli-skiing, and horse riding. Hanmer Springs is a quiet town and everything closes rather early in the evening.

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