Braemar Lodge And Spa
Braemar Lodge And Spa

10 Best Hotels in Hanmer Springs

© Braemar Lodge And Spa

Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

The alpine village fed by natural hot springs is a pretty dreamy destination on the South Island, but don’t expect to find a range of international hotels. The small village is made up of lodges, chalets and attractive apartments to conserve the charming alpine ambience. Nevertheless, you’ll still find the odd international hotel chain wrapped in a heritage building and fabulous lodges offering hotel-standard rooms and services. Just to cover all of your bases, we list alternative styles of accommodation to consider as well in this list of hotels in Hanmer Springs.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Best Motels in Hanmer Springs and 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 combines character and international hotel services. The hotel offers both well-appointed rooms and self-contained villas. The Garden Room is your entry-level room, while the Deluxe Room provides more space to enjoy with your loved one. During your downtime, do laps in the outdoor pool in summer, get competitive on the tennis or petanque court, and dine at the elegant Isobel’s Restaurant & Bar serving Pacific cuisine. See more hotels with restaurants in our 10 Best Accommodation in Hanmer Springs for Foodies.

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© Heritage Hanmer Springs

2. Hanmer Springs Retreat

After a day of adventure or simply relaxing in thermal pools, escape 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, plus offers a convenient on-site restaurant. Couples will find value in the Studio Room or a spot of pampering in the Studio Room with Spa Bath, while the One/Two-Bedroom Suite and Two-Bedroom Apartment provide ample space for families. All rooms have least have a kitchenette, an ensuite and an open-plan layout. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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3. Braemar Lodge & Spa

Braemar Lodge & Spa offers a boutique lodge experience with hotel services. Not only does the lodge have a range of stylish rooms with king beds, signature bathrooms and living areas, but there’s also a day spa to treat yourself to. Unwind with a facial, massage or body treatment. The lodge also has its own restaurant with cuisine showcasing New Zealand produce complemented by wonderful views of the Amuri Basin. We also list this hotel in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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4. Drifters Inn

For those looking for affordability, check out this comfortable boutique lodge just 80m (262ft) from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Drifters Inn has 19 ensuite rooms with your typical hotel facilities, such as Sky TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and Internet. Guests can also cook for themselves in the communal kitchen and relax in the dining room or by the log fire. There is a range of room layouts available, including king rooms, family suites and ensuites with a spa bath. See more like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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5. Cheltenham House

Cheltenham House offers a selection of hotel-style rooms and holiday home cottages in the heart of Hanmer Springs. Each room has its own unique charm, where additions include (depending on the room) a gas fire, a sunroom, super-king beds, wool duvet and more. The main drawcard for this accommodation is its bed and breakfast experience. There’s an extensive menu for breakfast including eggs benedict, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, freshly-made pancakes and more. We also list this accommodation in our 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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© Cheltenham House

6. The St James Premium Accommodation

For the apartment-hotel experience, consider The St James Premium Accommodation. The apartment complex offers rooms sleeping two to six people with deluxe additions, such as bathrooms with underfloor heating, king and super-king beds, spa baths, gas fires, and breakfast delivery available. The full kitchens in each apartment make self-catering a breeze. What’s more, there’s never likely to be a dull moment with a DVD library, board games and a barbecue area available.

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7. Village Lake Apartments

Another apartment hotel worth considering is the Village Lake Apartments. Find elegantly-designed apartments just moments away from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Each apartment provides oodles of space (96m2/315ft2), two bedrooms, ensuites and designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances. Keep cosy with the underfloor heating and gas fires, relax with a glass of wine on your private balcony, and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep on king beds with featherbed underlays. Other amenities include free WiFi, Sky TV, DVD player and more.

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8. Amuri House Boutique Motel

Hanmer Springs is certainly a town packed with quality motels – just see our 10 Best Motels in Hanmer Springs. One that stands out more as a “hotel experience” is Amuri House Boutique Motel, exclusively for couples. The motel is set in manicured gardens admired from either your Premium King Suite or Deluxe Queen Suite. It’s conveniently located just five minutes walk from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Plus, has its own spa pool in the gardens and additional luxuries like an espresso coffee machine, beds with the premium underlay and more in your suite.

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© Amuri House Boutique Motel

9. Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

An alternative accommodation in Hanmer Springs, especially appealing to those on a budget, are the holiday parks. One fine example is the Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground, which provides a wide range of budget accommodation. It has 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 the most affordable, note that you will need to provide your own bedding or hire them at an extra cost. Facilities at the holiday park include a barbecue, WiFi, outdoor games, communal kitchen and bathrooms, laundry and more.

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© Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

10. Kakapo Lodge

Finally, another accommodation type worth considering is the backpacker hostels. Kakapo Lodge is a YHA hostel just a couple of minutes stroll from the town centre. Room types include dorms, private double and twin rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as double rooms with ensuites. Don’t expect luxury, but the rooms are comfortable enough for the price. Guests can make use of the on-site parking, a communal kitchen and bathrooms. Find 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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