Visiting Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Hanmer Springs Ski Area.
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- Nearest Airport Christchurch
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Hanmer Springs Ski Area Features
The terrain at Hanmer Springs Ski Area includes::
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What's it like at Hanmer Springs Ski Area resort?
Hanmer Springs is situated in a high country basin 385m above sea level. It is only 135km from Christchurch, the international gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors to Hanmer Springs comment on the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of the village that is the perfect destination for all ages. If you want rest, relaxation or adventure you will enjoy your holiday in Hanmer Springs.
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Interactive Hanmer Springs Ski Area trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.
Hanmer Springs Ski Area Live Weather
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What's the snow currently like in Hanmer Springs Ski Area?
A summary of the current snow conditions in Hanmer Springs Ski Area. View more information on the Hanmer Springs Ski Area detailed snow report page.
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Visitor Reviews of Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Rob Davies from United Kingdom writes:
The small ski area is accessed by a dirt road from Hanmer Springs. It's really just a tiny club field with a drag and a rope-tow. You can stay up here in a bunkhouse, or else stay in Hanmer, about 30 minutes drive away and enjoy the hot springs and a range of accommodation for all budgets, shops and restaurants. The pleasant small town has plainly developed primarily because of the hot springs and dry continental climate, so don't expect a ski town. The road up to the ski area is as narrow and twisty as any club field access road and is generally only suitable for 4WD vehicles. You will generally need to fit chains but if that's not for you, hitch or take a shuttle.
The ski area is really quite small, even by NZ standards, but it is very quiet and steep enough to be good fun and the views are great. A vast wilderness, albeit of better looking back-country terrain, stretches away in every direction.
Snow reliability can be an issue. This area is very dry because of the surrounding high country and only SE storms deliver really big dumps and in some years, like 2011, they hardly happen. El Nino years are best. Nearby Mount Lyford sees more of the active weather and generally gets deeper cover and it's a rare dump that drops more snow at Hanmer than Lyford. Wind can also be a problem here, whipping the snow off the wide stony ridges and packing it down elsewhere. That said the main valley runs hold deep soft snow pretty well.
The best option for skiing this place is to get here on the night before a big dump and enjoy crowd-free skiing before the access road is cleared. If that takes 3 days, so much the better as the clubbies will run the lifts regardless. Just make sure you take enough food and grog and don't have a flight to catch. Like Lyford, it's on the unrestricted Chill Pass so visit it as part of a bigger tour.
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Resorts close to Hanmer Springs Ski Area
Discover ski resorts near Hanmer Springs Ski Area. Click below to view there ski resort guides.
- Mount LyfordLast snow: 2.0 cm Mon 05 JunLifts: 6Trails: —34 km away
- RainbowLast snow: 2.0 cm Sun 04 JunLifts: 5Trails: 964 km away
- Temple BasinLast snow: 13.0 cm Sun 04 JunLifts: 4Trails: 22109 km away
- CraigieburnLast snow: 15.0 cm Sun 04 JunLifts: 3Trails: 25113 km away
- Broken RiverLast snow: 15.0 cm Sun 04 JunLifts: 5Trails: —115 km away