Planning the Perfect Couples Retreat in Hanmer

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We love the fact that Hanmer is the perfect place to really "get away from it all" - but is just a 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch. If you love the fresh alpine air, beautiful river valley and the backdrop of mountains - this is your ideal escape.

While Hanmer Springs TOP 10 is often associated with family holidays, we are also very popular with couples who just want to spend some quality time together away from their everyday lives. That might be a long weekend, or even better a few days away mid-week at this time of year guarantees a little more peace and tranquillity for your break.

To design your perfect couples retreat in Hanmer, here's what we recommend!

1) Where to stay

Book one of our lovely self-contained one or two bedroom motels. They are fresh, modern and comfortable, with full kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

2) Getting Active

Talk to our team about hiring our moutainbikes or cruiser to get yourself around the village if you are in the mood for some activity and want to explore. There are plenty of mountainbike trails to enjoy or you can just cruise around the village enjoying the views, the sunshine and the fresh air.

3) Exploring and Adventuring

If you have an adventurous spirit and want to get the adrenaline pumping there are plenty of options in Hanmer for that as well, from bungy jumping to jetboat rides. And 4WD biking across the hills is another option. Check out our outdoor adventure post for some suggestions.

4) Get in a round of golf!

Hanmer is blessed with a lovely golf course - with a stunning mountain backdrop of course. If golf the thing you enjoy doing together, this is the perfect place to be doing it. If you are not in the mood to commit to a full round, then there are plenty of mini golf options as well!

5) Relaxing

Right here onsite is our first recommendation - book yourself into a session in our woodfired hot tubs - every day you stay with us, why not?! It's just a few steps away from your accommodation, and each tub is private so you can just enjoy a lovely relaxing soak together with no distractions. Talk to reception when you book to see if we have any specials available for when you want to stay. 

And of course, Hanmer Springs is renowned for the thermal springs that give the village its name. We are located just a 10 minute walk away from the pools complex, so you can also enjoy stretching out and doing a few laps, or booking in for a couples massage, beauty treatment or whatever takes your fancy from the options available. 

6) Dining out

If you prefer to let someone else do the cooking while you are on holiday (and who doesn't!) - there are plenty of places to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner around the village and a little further afield. Our page about local restaurants will give you a good starting point, plus you might want to explore some of the vineyards in the region and test out what they have on offer. 

7) Sleeping in!

After a big day of fresh air, entertainment, exercise and great food, a wonderful night's sleep absolutely tops things off. Ask our reception team when you book or check-in if you can have a late checkout, so you can continue relaxing in the morning with a later start. 


We look forward to welcoming you and your partner to Hanmer Springs TOP 10 at any time of year. Our friendly staff are here to help, so don't hesitate to ask for anything that would help make your stay with us a little more special or comfortable. We will do our best to accommodate you!