Whether you're after a luxurious five course fine dining experience, a casual evening meal or just a quick bite on the move, there's plenty of choice on offer in Hanmer Springs.
There's an increasing variety of cafes, bars and restaurants in the village to choose from, but we've chosen some of the ones that we think are worth checking out to share with you in this post.
Perhaps the best thing about going out to eat in Hanmer - apart from the fact you don't have to cook for yourself, is that everything is within walking distance from most parts of the village.
Located right in the centre of the village, No.31 Amuri Ave is one of the most well regarded eateries in Hanmer Springs, consistently attracting glowing reviews. Serving modern European inspired dishes that keep the local environment in mind with the inclusion of Quail, Wild Hare, Venison and Goats Cheese, just to name a few. The menu also includes vegetarian options and the desserts are decadent.
No. 31 has an extensive wine list too so you can make the most of those lovely Waipara wines, choose a craft beer or select your favourite cocktails from their special menu. Pine and Elderflower Martini, anyone?
31 Amuri Avenue, 03 315 7031
Another European inspired restaurant, Eden offers beautifully presented, contemporary dining each evening from 5pm. They offer a school holiday French Bistro set menu from Tuesday to Friday.
Or, if you fancy a break from the kids for a special event like a birthday or anniversary, they also offer private dining for small groups. For those who are familiar with Hanmer, Eden is the new incarnation of what used to be Chantellini's.
11 Jollies Pass Road, 03 315 7667
With their restaurants in Christchurch and Rolleston, Corianders have earned a sterling reputation for creating some of the best Indian cuisine in Canterbury.
Their Hanmer restaurant is no exception, with tasty authentic Indian dishes from around the subcontinent on offer. You can choose to eat in or takeaway - perhaps finding a perfect outdoor spot to enjoy the fresh mountain air, and of course the views.
30 Conical Hill Road, Shop 5, 03 315 7616
As you’d imagine from it’s name, this small restaurant is located in the former historic hydro-electric power station in the village, and is about a two minute walk from the Hanmer hot pools - so its the perfect place to relax after all that exertion. You can sit indoors or outdoors if the weather is good, or you can take away some eats and coffee to any spot you choose.
Open for breakfast and lunch (aka brunch) daily from 7.30am - 2pm, it’s a popular choice for those after an espresso, some great eggs bene or a health inducing smoothie.
There’s also a variety of vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options on the menu and the the Powerhouse is renowned for their cabinet filled with great cakes and baked goodies.
8 Jacks Pass Road, 03 315 5252
5) Mr Yunan
If you’re after some delicious Asian cuisine, the fresh flavours of Mr Yunan’s Thai and Chinese food selection might just be the thing you’re after.
There’s all your usual Thai favourites on offer, plus a range of specials. Eat in, take away, or delivered to your door!
4 Harrogate Street, 0800 679 8626
Located just behind the shops on the main street, this cafe and bar with relaxed indoor and outdoor dining offers a good selection of bottled beers and wine, with dinner in the week and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the weekends.
The lunch menu includes burgers and a range of classic bistro style meals, while the dinner menu starters have an Asian influence, but the mains are again fairly classic fare including beef fillet, salmon, venison and a vegetarian lasagne. There’s also a kids menu too, and a few creative twists to classic desserts. Open weekdays from 5pm till late, from 11.30am Saturdays and 9.00am Sundays.
5 Conical Hill Road, 03 315 5037
If you're after a touch of spice, but your group can't agree on exactly which cuisine to go for, Malabar might just be the place for you.
With a great selection of Asian fusion food on their menu, you can sample the delights of several oriental cuisines, including some shared tasting plates.
If you are happy to eat before 6.30pm you can make the most of the 15% discount for early diners.
5 Conical Hill Road, 03 315 7745
8) Rustic Cafe and Tapas Restaurant
Whether you're after a relaxing coffee and some brunch or some plates to share over an evening beer, this cafe offers both, just as its name suggests. Portions are generous, the big brekkie comes highly recommended if you have worked up an appetite, and the counter food is always good if you are in a hurry.
Check out their Facebook page at http://fb.com/RusticCafeHanmerSprings/
8 Conical Hill Road, 03 315 7274