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Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

Alpine adventures and utter relaxation awaits in the thermal spa town of Hanmer Springs. In between relaxing in New Zealand’s largest hot pool complex or perhaps quad biking, hiking or jet boating, you’re going to need to find a place to refresh. We can help you there with this trusty list of budget accommodations in Hanmer Springs. Whatever your style or however tight your budget, you’ll find accommodation to suit. Check out the list of the cheapest motels, holiday parks, lodges and hostels in the list below!

For more Hanmer Springs inspiration, see the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Hanmer Springs and The Guide to Hanmer Springs on a Budget.

1. Alpine Adventure Holiday Park

Just one type of budget accommodation in Hanmer Springs, Alpine Adventure Holiday Park is one of the best holiday parks in the area. As well as the super-budget option of the non-powered and powered cabins, there are also cheap caravans, cabins, flats and even chalets to upgrade to. This accommodation is great for those with their own transport, as the holiday park is a little out of town. However, a courtesy shuttle runs regularly to the hot pools and town if needed. Regardless, the gorgeous park grounds surrounded by trees are a wonderful environment to return to after a day of adventure (or hot pooling).

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Hanmer Springs© Alpine Adventure Holiday Park

2. Forest Peak Motel

Stay in one of nine unique stand-alone chalets or apartments at the Forest Peak Motel. The budget motel offers units with character, such as timber-lined walls to complement the alpine town vibe. There are units for couples, friends travelling together and large families, all contained some sort of self-catering facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Additionally, the accommodation complex has a children’s playground, a barbecue in the garden, free WiFi and highchairs and cots. See more self-catering stays in our list of the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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Forest Peak Motel© Forest Peak Motel

3. Kakapo Lodge

Another accommodation type worth considering is the backpacker hostel, Kakapo Lodge. The hostel is a couple of minutes’ stroll from the town centre and offers dorms, private double and twin rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as double rooms with ensuites. The hostel has on-site parking, a communal kitchen and bathrooms, as well as attractive gardens with a barbecue area. Find out more in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hanmer Springs.

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Kakapo Lodge © Kakapo Lodge

4. Spa Lodge Motel

Stay closer to Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools at the Spa Lodge Motel. The boutique motel offers 11 rooms in a garden setting just mere moments from the pools. As well as the convenient location, the motel features amenities such as Sky TV, free WiFi, kitchenette/kitchens, an outdoor swimming pool in summer,  a children’s playground, undercover parking, guest laundry and more. The budget motel offers basic studios and one- and two-bedroom units that are clean, comfortable and certainly good value for money. Compare many more motels in the 10 Best Motels in Hanmer Springs.

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Spa Lodge Motel© Spa Lodge Motel

5. Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

A collection of European-style chalets in an attractive park-like setting awaits at Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas. The eco-friendly haven makes it easy for guests to recycle and makes an effort to conserve power without eliminating comfort. Chalets feel spacious thanks to the high ceilings and come in a number of layouts. What’s more, they all have full kitchens, bathrooms and areas to relax. See more stays like this in our list of the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas© Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

6. Hanmer Backpackers

Another hostel in Hanmer Springs, this cosy and homely one can be found between the Conical Hill Walkway and the town centre. The Swiss chalet-style Hanmer Backpackers certainly emphasises the alpine feel of Hanmer Springs, so stay in one of the six rooms where dorms have a mix of single and bunk beds. There are also private rooms and family rooms available. As well as a kitchen, dining, laundry and lounge areas, other facilities include a massage chair and free unlimited WiFi.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Hanmer Springs© Hanmer Backpackers

7. Larchwood Motel

An affordable motel nearby Hanmer Springs’ popular forest walks and a short walk from the town centre, Larchwood Motel is well worth considering. It’s nothing flashy in terms of the decor but it’s utterly convenient with kitchenettes to make simple meals, ensuites and comfortable beds. There are rooms to suit most travellers, from couples in the studios and one-bedroom units to families in the “Family Units”. Each room also features Sky TV, a DVD player, and private undercover parking is provided.

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Larchwood Motel© Larchwood Motel

8. Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

This holiday park in Hanmer Springs provides a wide range of budget accommodations. Campsites, simple studio units, self-catering kitchen cabins, spacious family cabins, fully-kitted up self-contained units and the holiday home-style “The Smithy” are your accommodation choices. 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. Additional facilities include a barbecue, WiFi, outdoor games, communal kitchen and bathrooms, laundry and more.

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Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground© Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

9. Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Trust

We know, all of these holiday parks in Hanmer Springs can be confusing but Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Trust is the cheapest of the lot! All rooms are private and basic but very cheap whether you’re looking for a double/twin room, family/bunk room or a self-catering motel unit. The camp also has several communal kitchens (although there’s a charge for using the barbecue). Find this accommodation a short drive from town.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Hanmer Springs© Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Trust

10. The Chalets Motel

More alpine-style chalets await at the affordable The Chalets Motel. Get your own stand-alone chalet just a 600m (656-yard) walk from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Each chalet offers great views of the surrounding mountains, Sky TV, a designated car park beside the chalet, a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, daily newspaper delivery and more. There are chalets in a number of layouts and sizes, sleeping two to six guests. For more couple-centric chalets, be sure to also check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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The Chalets Motel© The Chalets Motel

11. Glenalvon Lodge Motel

Another fantastic motel on the main street of Hanmer Springs, Glenalvon Lodge Motel is well worth checking for availability. The motel offers nine spacious rooms, all of which are on the ground floor and have plenty of on-site parking. The motel studio units all sleep two to four guests and have basic breakfast-making facilities, three-channel Sky TV and an ensuite. While you won’t be able to make your own meals in your room, restaurant delivery is available.

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Glenalvon Lodge Motel© Glenalvon Lodge Motel

12. Drifters Inn

Swap motel accommodation for a comfortable boutique lodge just 80m from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Drifters Inn has 19 ensuite rooms with Sky TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and WiFi. Guests can make use of the communal kitchen and relax in the dining room or by the log fire. There is a range of room layouts available, including king beds, family suites and ensuites with a spa bath. For more hotel-like stays, check out the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Hanmer Springs.

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Drifters Inn© Drifters Inn

[CLOSED] Hanmer Resort Motel

A centrally-located motel that offers a no-frills stay at an affordable price, Hanmer Resort Motel certainly does the job. All the necessities for cooking, sleeping and bathing are here in the Studio, Villa and Family Apartment available. This motel is especially great for groups with Villas sleeping three to four guests and the two-storey Apartments sleeping five to seven! As for facilities, there are barbecues, play area for the kids, and a guest laundry.

More About Budget Accommodations in Hanmer Springs

That’s it for our list of the best cheap budget accommodations in Hanmer Springs, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Hanmer Springs on a Budget.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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