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10 Best Accommodation in Hanmer Springs for Foodies

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Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

After days out on the hiking or mountain biking trails, blasting through farming stations on quad bikes, jet boating on the Waiau River, or simply indulging in the town’s thermal pools, food becomes more important than ever! For foodies, you’re probably looking for a place to stay in Hanmer Springs where you can either enjoy glorious restaurants moments away from your hotel room or have your own space for cooking up a storm. Either way, we’ll see you right with this list of accommodation in Hanmer Springs for foodies. The list includes hotels with a restaurant, self-catering accommodation and a couple of unmissable bed and breakfast experiences.

While you’re here, get inspired for more things to do in Hanmer Springs with our 10 Must-Dos in and Around Hanmer Springs.

1. Heritage Hanmer Springs

Evoking historic charm in the renovated heritage Hanmer Lodge building, Heritage Hanmer Springs is an excellent choice for travellers looking for a slice of luxury and good food. The international hotel offers both well-appointed hotel rooms and self-contained villas with self-catering facilities. The Garden Room is your entry-level room, while the Deluxe Room provides more space to stretch out. During your downtime, enjoy laps in the outdoor pool in summer, get competitive on the tennis or petanque court, and dine at the elegant Isobel’s Restaurant & Bar. The menu showcases local produce through Pacific cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options are available if asked.

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© Heritage Hanmer Springs

2. Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

Retreat to your own European-style chalet in an attractive park-like at Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas. The eco-friendly haven makes it easy for guests to recycle and conserve power without eliminating comfort and convenience. Speaking of convenience, foodies will love the full kitchens to spruce up their own meals. Chalets feel spacious thanks to the high ceilings and a range of layouts to suit different group sizes. See more recommendations like this in our list of 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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© Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

3. Hanmer Springs Retreat

After a day of adventure or unwinding in the thermal pools, retreat to this peaceful motel-hotel hybrid just a 10-minute walk from town. Hanmer Springs Retreat offers a range of rooms for couples, friends and families, as well as a marvellous on-site restaurant. Five Stags Restaurant & Bar serves hearty New Zealand cuisine in a hunter’s lodge-inspired setting. As for rooms, couples will find value in the Studio Room or a place to be pampered in the Studio Room with Spa Bath, while the One/Two-Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Apartment provide ample space for families of four. All rooms at least have a kitchenette to make your own simple meals and an ensuite.

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© Hanmer Springs Retreat

4. Village Lake Apartments

For those who want a kitchen that’s bound to compete with your kitchen at home, take a look at Village Lake Apartments. These elegantly-designed apartments are just moments away from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Each provides oodles of space (96m2) and two bedrooms. Aside from keeping cosy with the underfloor heating and gas fires, the designer kitchen is a joy to cook in with stainless steel appliances! The bathroom has the added luxury of a double spa bath, while other amenities include a private balcony and beds with featherbed underlays. Find more luxury apartments in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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© Village Lake Apartments

5. Braemar Lodge & Spa

Braemar Lodge is a place to relax and rejuvenate in Hanmer Springs. Not only does the high-end lodge have a range of stylish rooms with king beds, signature bathrooms and living areas, but there’s also a day spa. Treat yourself to a facial, massage or body treatment or experience it together with a couples massage. More importantly, dining is an event here with cuisine showcasing New Zealand produce complemented by wonderful views of the Amuri Basin. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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© Braemar Lodge And Spa

6. Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

For those on a budget, be reassured that you can still find quality self-catering accommodation in Hanmer Springs thanks to the town’s holiday parks. Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground provide a wide range of budget accommodation, including campsites, simple Studio Units, self-catering Kitchen Cabins, spacious Family Cabins, fully-kitted up Self-Contained Units and the holiday home-style “The Smithy”. While the units and cabins are extremely affordable, note that you will need to provide your own bedding or hire them at an extra cost. Holiday park facilities include a barbecue, WiFi, outdoor games, communal kitchen and bathrooms, laundry and more. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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© Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

7. Cheltenham House

For foodies seeking a splendid bed and breakfast experience, set your sights on Cheltenham House. The B&B offers a selection of rooms and holiday home cottages in the heart of Hanmer Springs. Each room has its own unique charm, where amenities include (depending on the room) a gas fire, a sunroom, super-king beds, wool duvet and more. Breakfast, however, is the main event with an extensive menu including eggs benedict, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, freshly-made pancakes, muesli and more!

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© Cheltenham House

8. Annerleigh Luxury Bed and Breakfast

Alternatively, Annerleigh Luxury Bed and Breakfast offers an excellent B&B experience in characterful rooms and with indulgent cuisine. The boutique accommodation is just a short stroll via a picturesque walking track from Hanmer Springs village. Enjoy amazing wraparound mountain views seen from the relaxing Crusader Lounge or your elegantly-styled room. Each room is decorated with love to say the least, but we believe your full attention will be on the breakfast with various freshly-baked bread, pancakes, croissants, muesli, bacon and eggs, eggs benedict and more!

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© Annerleigh Luxury Bed and Breakfast

9. Drifters Inn

An alternative accommodation in Hanmer Springs is this boutique lodge just 80m from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Drifters Inn has 19 ensuite rooms with Sky TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and Internet. The self-catering facilities come in the form of a communal kitchen where meals can be enjoyed in the dining room with a log fire. There is a range of room layouts available to suit a range of needs and budgets, including king beds, family suites and ensuites with a spa bath.

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© Drifters Inn

10. Kakapo Lodge

Last but certainly not least, another accommodation type worth considering, especially for foodies on a super tight budget, is backpacker hostels. Kakapo Lodge is just a couple of minutes stroll from the town centre and its selection of eateries. Accommodation here includes dorms, private double and twin rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as double rooms with ensuites. The hostel has on-site parking, self-catering facilities in the communal kitchen and communal bathrooms. Find out more like this in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hanmer Springs.

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© Kakapo Lodge


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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