Getting to Hanmer Springs and exploring once you are here is easy, with a wide selection of transport options.

Drive Yourself:

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

From Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs
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Option 1 (Inland Road)1hr 47mins130kms
Option 2 (Leader Road)1hr 49mins131kms

There are several different ways to drive from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs.

The most scenic route is via the Inland Road which takes you past the entrance to the ski village of Mount Lyford, or you can travel a bit further south and take the Leader Road.

The Leader Road incorporates coastal and rural farming views and finishes at the Waiau Township. On both routes there are plenty of photo opportunities for the avid photographer. More information on travelling from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs.

From Christchurch to Hanmer Springs
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via State Highway 71hr 46mins133kms
From Nelson to Hanmer Springs
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via Lewis Pass3hr 41mins300kms

Public Transport:

There are two bus companies that operate a daily service between Christchurch and Hanmer Springs. If you are coming from elsewhere, you can link up with these bus companies either along their route or at the turnoff to Hanmer Springs.

Hanmer Connection leaves Christchurch at  and arrives in Hanmer Springs at  9 a.m, returning to Christchurch at 4 p.m.
Hanmer Tours & Shuttle leaves Hanmer Springs at 8 a.m and arrives in Christchurch at 9:50 a.m, returning to Hanmer Springs at 1 p.m.

Getting around Hanmer Springs.

Once you here, it is very easy to get around. You will find that you can park up your car and walk. But there are plenty of alternative transport for you to enjoy.