Hanmer Springs accommodation – 14 of the best places to stay

Hanmer Springs is located on New Zealand’s South Island and is known for its natural hot pools (or springs).

This wonderful little resort town offers much more than first meets the eye though, with plenty of nearby hiking trails, awesome adventure activities and great places to eat.

There are endless things to do in Hanmer Springs, so we’d recommend at least staying overnight in this awesome town. Though preferably you’ll want a couple of nights there, and of course, you’ll need a comfortable base to relax and recharge.

Steam of a pool coming out of the hot springs.

Luckily we know exactly where you should stay…

To help you plan the perfect trip we’ve hand-picked the best Hanmer Springs accommodation on offer. This guide offers options for every budget so you’re guaranteed to find something suited to your needs.

So, let’s take a look at the top choices…

Affordable Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

1. Hanmer Backpackers ($)

Hanmer Backpackers is one of the most affordable accommodation options in Hanmer Springs.

Situated just a 2-minute walk from the town and its hot springs, it’s in a great location to explore the area.

Depending on your budget you can choose from a shared dormitory room, rooms with a shared bathroom, or en-suite double rooms. There’s something for everyone there.

The shared kitchen makes cooking your own meals easy (which also helps save on cost), and free WiFi is available too!

Not only that, but there’s also a free massage chair that guests can use for up to 15 minutes per night.

41 Conical Hill Road, 7334 Hanmer Springs

Backpackers enjoying a coffee and chats in front of a table in Hanmer Backpackers.

2. Kakapo Lodge ($)

If you’re looking for budget Hanmer Spring accommodation options then Kakapo Lodge may be the place for you!

Located just 300 metres from the town’s iconic thermal pools, this place has plenty to offer.

They have an array of fantastic facilities including a guest lounge area with a fireplace, and a communal kitchen and dining area. There’s even an outside courtyard with BBQ facilities and free WiFi.

All the rooms at Kakapo Lodger also offer underfloor heating whether you choose a dormitory, a standard room, or a deluxe room. Plus, many of the rooms even offer mountain views!

We love the location of this lodge and its affordable pricing.

14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334

Simplistic exterior design of Kakapo odge.

3. Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park ($)

The TOP 10 Holiday Park at Hanmer Springs offers a variety of awesome accommodation options, providing something for everyone. This includes apartments, motel rooms, cabins, and self-contained units. If you’re looking to cut costs further you can choose to camp here too.

You’ll also find a tonne of facilities at this holiday park, including pizza ovens, BBQs, a children’s playground, and a tour booking desk. However, the highlight of this place has to be its wood-fired hot tubs!

If you’re looking for a quality budget stay in Hanmer Springs, then this holiday park may be the place for you.

5 Hanmer Springs Road, 7334 Hanmer Springs

Lighted porch and interior of Hanmer Springs Holiday Park.

4. Isobel’s on Scarborough ($)

Isobel’s on Scarborough is another great choice for budget travellers. This cosy cottage is suitable for two travellers and is within walking distance to the town centre, the thermal pools, and Hanmer Heritage Forest.

It has everything you could need including a kitchen, lounge area, and outdoor space, although it is worth noting the toilet is located outside of the main cottage. However, it’s fully enclosed and insulated so there’s no need to worry – just be sure to rug up warm during the wintertime for the short walk.

During your stay, you’ll also have access to a tandem bicycle, free WiFi, and a TV.

If you’re looking to cut costs, it’s worth taking a look at this Airbnb.

Exterior of Isobels on Scarborough.

Mid-Range Hanmer Springs Accommodation Options

5. Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel ($$)

This motel is located just 400 metres from the town’s famous thermal hot springs so is in the perfect location.

Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel offers studios and apartments that are fitted with plenty of amenities. These include a kitchenette, private bathroom, patio area, and a smart TV. Some units even come with a spa bath or hot tub if you’re looking for a touch of luxury.

The motel also offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is within walking distance of the town centre.

2 Amuri Avenue, 7334 Hanmer Springs

Scenic Views Motel and its cars parked inside the compound.

6. Hanmer Apartments ($$)

If you’re looking for a self-contained unit, then Hanmer Apartments is a wonderful choice.

They offer two-bedroom apartments that sleep up to 5 people for a great price – especially if you’re splitting the cost.

Each unit comes with plenty of facilities too including air conditioning, a kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a flat-screen TV. You’ll also have access to the outside garden area and you can hire the outside grill for a small additional charge.

Many of the apartments even have a private patio area that leads out into the garden, which is great for those hot summer days. Plus, if you’re travelling with kids, the outdoor trampolines and playgrounds are sure to keep them entertained.

4 Woodbank Road, 7334 Hanmer Springs

A trampoline on the grassy yard of Hanmer Apartments.

7. Settlers Motel ($$)

Settlers Motel is a boutique accommodation provider that’s within walking distance from the town centre and the thermal pools.

They offer a variety of studios and apartments, each of them coming with a flat-screen TV, an en-suite bathroom, and a kitchenette. Some even come with a spa bath!

Guests also have use of the free WiFi and there’s a complimentary DVD library with over 400 titles for you to choose from.

However, the highlight of this place has to be its great location. You can enjoy plenty of leisure activities within the area including hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking even.

6 Leamington St, Canterbury, 7334 Hanmer Springs

A couple walks along the street of Settlers Motel with cars parked in front.

Luxe Hanmer Springs Hotels and Lodges

8. 8 on Oregon ($$$)

Perched on Conical Hill, this boutique lodge offers incredible views right across Hanmer Springs.

You’ll be welcomed by Jill and Dave, both of whom are known for their warm hospitality. Whilst staying there, you’ll have the pick of three lovely guest rooms, each of which is comfortable and perfectly styled. Each room also comes with a modern ensuite bathroom.

Wake up to bellbirds and tūī drinking from the bird feeders before taking a casual stroll into town or on one of the local walking trails.

8 on Oregon consistently rate well, making it one of the best accommodations in Hanmer Springs, particularly if you’re looking for a personal touch.

8 Oregon Heights, Hanmer Springs 7334

Well arranged bed inside a hotel.

9. Hanmer Springs Retreat ($$$)

The Hanmer Springs Retreat is located close to the hot pools, fabulous forest walks, mountain bike tracks and a range of great restaurants, making it a great base to explore town.

The rooms come fitted out with all the basics you could need for a great stay. Heat pumps and great-quality hot showers will warm you up in the wintertime, whilst the spacious rooms and fully-equipped kitchenette help ensure a comfortable stay.

When you book this accommodation, you’ll also have access to their beautiful garden, and to the on-site restaurant. Styled as a hunting lodge, they serve tasty meals and a range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

A living room showing the furnitures and a fire place with raindeer heads on a wall.

10. Jacks Lodge ($$$)

If you’re travelling as a family or a large group, then Jacks Lodge is a perfect choice!

This 3-bedroom lodge sleeps up to six people and comes with plenty of luxuries including WiFi, a smart TV, Netlflix, and a Bluetooth speaker.

The Conical Hill Walk also begins practically from your front door, offering 360° views of Hanmer Springs.

The highlight of this property though, is the outdoor deck as it offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. You’ll also find BBQ facilities and a seating area to enjoy out these.

This is one of the ultimate Hanmer Springs accommodation options if you’re travelling with a larger group.

Well-lit Jacks Lodge beneath an evening twilight.

11. Hanmer Springs Hotel ($$$)

When it comes to quality Hanmer Springs accommodation, this hotel is a great choice.

It has so much to offer with a beautiful location, a range of accommodation options, and fantastic facilities.

There is a restaurant and bar on-site, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, sports courts, a sundeck, and a garden area – all of which are amazing in the summertime!

Breakfast is also included with your stay, and you’ll get free WiFi and parking too. And, if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the hot springs are just a 5-minute walk away!

1 Conical Hill, 7334 Hanmer Springs

Entrance to the Heritage Hanmer Springs Hotel.

12. The St James ($$$)

If you’re looking for more luxurious Hanmer Springs accommodation options, then make sure you check this place out.

The St James Premium Accommodation offers a variety of modern studios and suites, each one designed with comfort and space in mind.

Every unit comes with plenty of amenities too including a balcony or patio area, underfloor heating, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom.

However, if you book a one-bedroom or executive suite you’ll also be treated to a spa bath!

Not only that, but this accommodation supplies free towels for your trip to the thermal pools which we think is a nice extra touch.

20 Chisholm Crescent, 7334 Hanmer Springs

Exterior of St. James Accommodation in New Zealand.

13. Clear Ridge Apartments ($$$)

The Clear Ridge Apartments are just a 2-minute walk from the town centre and the thermal pools, making everything easily accessible.

The apartments offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and come with modern furnishings and plenty of amenities. This includes a full kitchen, large balcony or courtyard, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Guests also have full use of the heated pool, the BBQ area, and WiFi.

With so much to offer, these apartments are one of our picks for the best Hanmer Springs accommodation options.

28 Jacks Pass Road, 7334 Hanmer Springs

A swimming pool and flats across the street.

14. Braemar Lodge & Spa ($$$)

If you’re looking for a luxury stay in Hanmer Springs then this is the place to head.

Braemar Lodge & Spa is a luxurious property that’s nestled within the Southern Alps. It’s just a 10-minute drive from Hanmer Springs so to stay here you’ll ideally need your own transport.

Once you arrive, you’ll find a variety of luxury suites that all come with a double spa bath, private balcony, gas fire, and a super-king-size bed. Many of the suites also come with a hot tub. What more could you need?

This lodge also has plenty of fantastic facilities including a restaurant, outdoor terrace, and a spa and wellness centre.

It’s the ideal spot to book if you’re looking to treat yourself or that special someone.

283 Medway Road, 7360 Hanmer Springs

The white Braemar Lodge Spa with its transparent glass walls.

Did you know? The Greystone PurePod is less than an hour’s drive from Hanmer, heading towards Christchurch. A stay in this glass cabin is a total bucket list experience. Book with your NZTT discount when you’re next travelling between Hanmer and Christchurch.

As you can see there are plenty of fantastic Hanmer Springs accommodation options out there!

Whether you’re looking for a budget stay or a luxury getaway, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

So, which hotel would you book for your next trip?

Have you ever stayed in Hanmer Springs? If you have, which is your favourite accommodation?

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