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Hanmer’s new lease on life

Hanmer’s new lease on life

Hanmer Springs is Canterbury’s recreational heart, with the natural hot springs to which this tantalising township owes its name offering a respite for bustling city dwellers


Hanmer’s new lease on life


Now it’s set to get bigger and better than ever before, with plans for five new thermal pools and a new aquatic thrill ride. General Manager Graeme Abbot says construction on the $4.3 million development will begin in April 2019 and be completed in late 2019.

The five new pools will sit among river boulder terraces and native gardens on what is currently a grassed area next to the Rainbow Pools. A lot of time and effort has gone into ensuring plans for the new development are environmentally sustainable. The new 13.5 metre high slide will attach to the complex’s existing hydroslide tower and sit next to the SuperBowl, where the complex’s AquaPlay area currently is.


Hanmer Springs

“Riders will shoot down a winding hydroslide in two-person tubes, before going down a steep drop that propels them up a near-vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness before zooming back down and onto the slide’s finish,” Graeme says. The pools’ have lodged a resource consent application for the development with the Hurunui District Council, this will be a publicly notified process so people can make submissions on the application.

“Those we have spoken to thus far are incredibly excited about this development’s potential to make Hanmer Springs even more popular with visitors and boost local businesses.”



Boulder Burger

Hanmer’s 1950’s style diner: Boulder Burger

The ultimate 1950’s Americana experience is coming to Hanmer, so get ready for a blast of retro culture and a menu bursting with classic diner staples.


Boulder Burger


The eagerly-awaited Boulder Burger Bar at the Boulder Precinct – Hanmer Springs’ newest café and retail shopping precinct – will open its doors in mid-December.

It’s the latest venture by Peter and Cherie, who have owned and operated Hanmer Bakery since 2005 and will now turn their hands to create the ultimate burger experience. Kitted out in a stunningly authentic design, you’ll be able to sit at a booth while listening to the jukebox, as you peruse a tantalising menu, showcasing both New Zealand and American influences that combine old favourites with new delights.

A major drawcard is expected to be the customised soft-baked burger buns, complete with fresh hand-made meat patties. All the sauces, chutneys and hot fudge sauce will be made inhouse. Boulder Burgers will be open daily from 11am, serving fast takeaway burgers, fries, American hotdogs, sundaes, shakes and floats. Keep an eye on the specials board which will be changing regularly to include seasonal and seafood options.

The possibilities are endless, and you can guarantee Peter and Cherie will work hard to keep new ideas coming. So, come tap out a tune on the Wurlitzer, or step back in time to marvel at the 1950’s cartoons that decorate the premises.

The team can’t wait to create your perfect burger soon.




Make a splash! Fashionworks

When it comes to making a splash this sartorial season, it’s all about the latest and greatest in swimwear.




With an expansive range of swimwear, Lifestyles in the alpine haven of Hanmer Springs is the ideal place to bring life to your summer wardrobe. Many make a weekend of it, as they can pop across to the pools and show them off!  Owner Alice Stielow is armed with options to suit everyone. “Many of us pull out last season’s swimwear that’s been stored away and realise just how thin and see-through the material has become.

“This is the ideal time to find something new, with styles and colours to complement you.” She’s seeing a lot of retro styles coming through this season, along with on-form florals and beautiful block colours. Buttercup yellow is a hot tip. Meanwhile the super-high-cut swimsuit – the Baywatch-esque silhouette which soars above the hip is hot property for the younger generation, with brands such as Piha and Billabong offering great options.

Alice owns two stores, Lifestyles and Fashionworks, and after three decades here, she understands how important fit is to the finished look. “Colour and style are one thing, but getting the right fit for your body is what really matters.”  Meanwhile her second boutique store, Fashionworks, is a designer-label paradise for womenswear, footwear and jewellery. Clothing ranges from Wish and Ivy Blu, to CooperStreet and Augustine are complemented by a beautiful range of shoes including D&J and Hey Monday.


Visit Fashionworks, The Courtyard, Conical Hill Road, phone 03 315 7120 and Lifestyles, Alpine Pacific Centre, Conical Hill Road 03 315 7126, or find ‘Fashionworks Lifestyles’ on Facebook.


Salt n Pepper

Culinary Oasis: Salt n Pepper

With a stunning view of Conical Hill, an outstanding menu and a selection of incredible beverages to choose from, it’s no surprise that everyone is flocking to Salt n Pepper while in Hanmer Springs to retreat and relax.


Salt n Pepper


With options for all tastes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, there is something special for everyone. Each day of the week has an indulgent menu item to select from. Monday is $15 Taco Boards, Tuesday is House Chicken and Wednesday is the Reef and Beef (a pint of that special beer goes so well with this). On Thursday there is the 1kg of Chilli Mussels which is worth taking a trip from Christchurch for!
The cornucopia of North Canterbury unfolds at Salt n Pepper and everything is not only tasty but fresh.

A cabinet filled with food made fresh and well-made barista coffee with great ambient surroundings and friendly staff – it’s your oasis if you want to take a break for a bit.  Owners Brendon and Katrina hand-pick everything they use to make sure the delights of local produce arrive on your plate to please your palate. They take great pride in making your visit to Salt n Pepper a pleasurable one, so make sure you let them know if you need anything special.

Open 7am to 9pm and fully licensed for beer and wine, put Salt n Pepper on your itinerary for a visit to the thermal wonderland that is Hanmer Springs.


Take your break overlooking the duck pond at Boulder Point Precinct, 8 Chisholm Crescent.



Fashionable flair in Hanmer: Kjole

Kjole’s mother and daughter team have bought the polished casual flair of Danish designer labels direct to Hanmer Springs.




It’s been a successful first year for Kjole in the new Boulder Point Precinct. Owner Stephanie Suckling recently returned from Demark where she visited the Panorama Berlin, hailed as Europe’s fashion market place and met with the directors of Kjole’s eight exclusive labels. An emerging trend Stephanie noticed was for organic ranges such as sweatshirts and t-shirts, using organic cotton and dyes. Wide leg jeans were also hot. Next year, it’ll be daughter Penny’s turn.

Kjole’s exclusive Denim Hunter jeans are proving to be popular among customers. They are a skinny leg in 7/8 length with zips, great option for shorter legs, featuring three different colours, white, black and denim. There is also a new range of curvy jeans from the Danish label designed to stop gaping at the waist!

With fashion and racing a perfect match, Kjole will celebrate Melbourne Cup Day with its neighbour, Salt and Pepper café, in the Boulder Point Precinct. The fun, food and fashion parade takes off at 1pm – a chance for ladies to dress up and enjoy the fashion parade featuring labels Denim Hunter and Kaffe. Hairdresser Kay Brydon will host a presentation on teaming hair colour and style with summer’s winning fashion.


Tickets are available through Eventbrite and the Facebook page: Melbourne Cup 2018.
Kjole summer hours are 9:30am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 9:30am-4pm Sundays, or online at


Village Lake Luxury Apartments

Perfect in every way: Village Lake Luxury Apartments

Situated next to the lake behind the Heritage Hotel is the idyllic Village Lake Luxury Apartments. Incredibly spacious modern apartments with spectacular mountain views provide all the convenience of being at home with the added five-star luxury.


Village Lake Luxury Apartments


The stylish décor and furnishings are designed to make your stay relaxing and comfortable. Each apartment comprises a fully self-contained kitchen, washing machine and dryer, spa bath (apart from the accessibility unit which has a large walk-in tiled shower) and gas fires.

With the Hanmer Thermal Pool Resort only 600 metres away and a plethora of Hanmer’s best restaurants and bars all within a short stroll, it’s the perfect location for any occasion; a birthday, a girls’ weekend away, or a family trip.  Gift vouchers are available if you want to surprise someone special, or why not just spoil yourself? Functions can even be accommodated for, with everything you require for that important corporate getaway. Just contact the team to discuss your requirements.


With specials available, don’t hesitate to visit the website to keep updated on what’s happening or phone 0800 555 774.

Situated at 1 Rutherford Crescent, make Village Lake Luxury Apartments your accommodation choice for your next trip to Hanmer Springs.


Drifters Inn

Hospitality & ambience: Drifters Inn

Location, location, location – you really can’t say it any other way when you’re talking about the Drifters Inn.

Drifters Inn


Located straight across from the thermal pools and close to the town centre, it’s ideally located for your event in the idyllic Hanmer Springs. With a welcoming environment, people come from all over New Zealand to enjoy the relaxed ambience and hospitality here. Catering to birthdays, work events, special occasions and much more, the friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you to customise your event.

Catering can be arranged, but with barbecues, a well-equipped kitchen area, as well as a spacious open lounge/function area and courtyard, there’s plenty of scope to create your own bespoke function. With 18 rooms available to suit couples to families, you can all relax by the Inn’s open fireplace after a day of events.


So, make your way to the Drifters Inn, 2 Harrogate Street or contact Adele or Andy to discuss your requirements 03 315 7554 or



An inspirational boutique: Fashionworks

Take a trip to Hanmer over the next month – the perfect Cup Day outfit could be waiting. Inspiration flows in this stress-less alpine atmosphere, especially at designer boutique Fashionworks.




Owner Alice Stielow says spring’s burst of flowers and sunshine inspires dressing up in fashionable florals and colour. “However, Cup Day encourages individual personality, be it smart casual, to a classical little black dress.
“Styles and colours are so exciting now.”

Django and Juliette, and Hey Monday are Fashionworks favourites. “This season’s blazers and jackets look so smart with anything – a Cup Day outfit or a pair of jeans.”
Cooper St and IvyBlu have beautiful occasion-wear, as does Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Cooper St, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal. Alice’s second store, Lifestyles, has amazing swimwear and urban wear such as White Chalk and Home Lee.


Phone Fashionworks on 03 315 7120, Lifestyle on 03 315 7126 or follow on Facebook.


Village Lake Apartments

The ultimate in luxury: Village Lake Apartments (Enter to win two nights accommodation)

For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, head to the Village Lake Apartments where exceptional hospitality awaits.


Village Lake Apartments


With spectacular alpine views and premium 5-star accommodation, the Village Lake Apartments are within walking distance to the town’s thermal pools and a myriad of leisure activities. With three and two bedroom apartments, the accommodation is second to none with modern facilities and spacious rooms each comprising of a fully self-contained kitchen, washing machine and dryer, spa bath and gas fire. Each apartment has its own balcony, or patio, and a picture perfect mountain-view backdrop.
The stylish décor oozes opulence and the furniture is designed with comfort in mind. With soft featherbed underlays and pillows, exquisite handcrafted toiletries by Jeymar and original artworks by Christchurch artist Liz Jenkins, the Village Lake Apartments have a true `home away from home’ vibe.

When it’s time to explore, take a short stroll to Hanmer’s idyllic main street for a spot of shopping, or enjoy a meal out and beverage at one of many well-regarded eateries or cafés.  It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway, birthday, anniversary celebration or business retreat and has the Qualmark five-star gold rating. Owners Stuart and Jill Ware will ensure your stay is memorable.


The Village Lake Apartments are giving away two nights’ accommodation for two adults (blackout dates apply).

To enter, head to and put in your details. Entries close on Thursday 25 October and winners will be notified on Friday 26 October



Hanmer’s Fashion Haven: Lifestyles

Lifestyles in Hanmer lures repeat customers from as far as the Gold Coast, with its expansive range of swimwear. Many make a weekend of it, as they can pop across to the pools and show them off!




Bond-Eye’s Sea-level range (formerly Nip-Tuck) suits many different figures, as do Seafolly and Moontide, in sizes up to a G cup. “Ruching across front and sides, or styles that wrap around the body, give a lovely shape to show off all those beautiful figures out there,” owner Alice Stielow says. There’s Piha, Sunseeker, Jantzen, unique-styled JETS and Togs – from a Kiwi designer. “Tankini and pants are also perfect for those long in body, or for mixing and matching. The staff are really knowledgeable with body-types and know straight away what styles are best to try on.”

Forget budgie smugglers, the latest men’s speedo’s come in cool elastic-waisted trunks and there’s also styles for serious swimmers – all chlorine-resistant. Lifestyles’ urban wear includes Billabong, Ketz-ke, White Chalk, Stussy, Tigerlily, RVCA, Element, All About Eve, Levis, VonZipper, and a cool range of shoes. Alice owns two stores, Lifestyles and Fashionworks, and after three decades here, she treats everyone who visits like a local, with competitive pricing and friendly service.

Her second boutique store, Fashionworks, is a designer-label paradise for womenswear, footwear and jewellery. Ranges include the new Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Ivy Blu, CooperStreet, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal – and gorgeous shoes to match.


Visit Fashionworks at The Courtyard, Conical Hill Road, phone 03 315 7120 and Lifestyles, Alpine Pacific Centre, Conical Hill Road 03 315 7126, or Facebook.