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A burger bonanza: Boulder Burgers

At 8 Crisholm Crescent in the new Boulder Point Precinct at the wonderful Hanmer Springs is a 1950s American style diner, designing burgers with both American and Kiwi interpretations.



Why not try the ‘New Zealamb’; battered roast lamb, tomato jam and onion rings in a customised burger bun (fresh from Hanmer Bakery daily) or the Philly cheese Steak – so tender, blanketed in a rich Philly cheese sauce, with fried onion, pickles and capsicum romping along for a sweet ride.

Mmmmmmm yeah. There are old favourites and new tempters to try – combos and specials. Where’s the sauce? Why it’s in the burgers of course – a full range of sauces, mayonnaise and tasty condiments are available, along with locally supplied produce from the cornucopia that is North Canterbury and the Hanmer district.

It’s doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy Soft Serve Soda Floats, milkshakes, thick shakes, sundaes and, of course, gluten free is available. There’s nothing better than a great burger and fries to fill that hole in your stomach after expending so much energy on the adventures to be found in Hanmer Springs and Boulder Burgers has the perfect combinations for you.

Southern-fried chicken North Canterbury style is coming soon to add a bit of spice to your life! Biodegradable packaging is used wherever possible because this is a team that thinks about the importance of being ecologically responsible.

Open every day, with winter hours 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-late weekdays, weekends 11am-8:30pm. Boulder Burgers – committed to creating your ultimate burger!


Luxe Hanmer Getaway: Village Lake Apartments

Situated next to the lake behind the Heritage Hotel is the idyllic Village Lake Apartments. The 13 two-three bedroom apartments are incredibly spacious and provide all the convenience of being at home, with the luxury of a five-star premium, luxury hotel and just a short stroll from all the major amenities in Hanmer Springs. Each room contains everything you’ll need for that pamper session, with that special quality that allows you to spread out and feel at home.



It’s a wonderful time of year to visit the idyllic Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and relax in the splendour that is the Village Lake Apartments. As a Gold Sponsor for the upcoming Hanmer Springs Fete on Friday, 1 November, what a wonderful excuse for a long weekend away for a family or couple.

With the Hanmer thermal resort only 600 metres away and a plethora of Hanmer’s best restaurants and bars close by, it’s the perfect location for any occasion; a birthday, a girls’ weekend away, retirement or a family trip.

Gift vouchers are available if you want to give a gift to someone special but why not just spoil yourself? Even a corporate function can be accommodated for with everything you require for that important team getaway. Just contact the team to discuss your requirements.

With specials available don’t hesitate to go to their website to keep updated on what’s happening or call on 03 315 5288. Situated at 1 Rutherford Crescent, Village Lake Apartments is your choice for your next trip to Hanmer Springs.


Taste of Hanmer Luxury: Clear Ridge

Accommodation in Hanmer doesn’t come any better than the five-star Clear Ridge apartments. This is a wonderful time of year to come and enjoy the tranquility of Hanmer and the surrounding district.



Chill out in the spacious large apartments and enjoy the serenity of the mountain views with family or friends. These fully equipped, spacious apartments cater for the needs of any family, couple or group that are looking for a taste of luxury in Hanmer. Perhaps it’s a girls’ weekend away for some pampering or that boys’ trip for a great game of golf. Clear Ridge is perfectly located close to all the amenities one might need.

The knowledgeable staff can assist you with any function requirements if it’s a birthday, corporate or family event and provide top of the line service for your needs. Of course, it doesn’t need to be said that it’s the perfect retreat for the romantic couple; with an outdoor spa, it’s ideal.

There is a deluxe double spa bath in most apartments to take advantage of, the pool and BBQ area to keep the family entertained and a lift to assist you reaching the top floors, which have an incredible view across the mountains. Clear Ridge is your next choice for a function, family holiday or corporate venue for a taste of luxury.

To find out more about what Clear Ridge can offer go to or phone 0800 555 596.


Hanmer’s culinary oasis: Salt N Pepper

Christmas in July? What craziness is this?! It’s Salt N Pepper in Hanmer Springs bringing you the wonder of Christmas fare with a three course Christmas feast of course! Bookings are essential as it is on for only 2 Fridays in July – from 5pm on Friday 19 and Friday 26 July you can savour three delicious courses.



They set the venue with decorations for Christmas with crackers on the tables and the fire is always on when the weather is cool. For those that still want to sit outside, there are heaters and complementary loan blankets – there is already snow on the mountains and you can enjoy some winter fare.

With a stunning view of Conical Hill, a menu of outstanding food and a selection of incredible beverages and beer to choose from, it’s no surprise that everyone is flocking to Salt N Pepper while in Hanmer Springs to retreat and relax. With options for all tastes, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free included, there’s something special for everyone. It’s not just Christmas Fare in July that’s good; every day of the week has an indulgence at Salt N Pepper.

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.


Recreation Hotspot

Recreation Hotspot

Tourist or local. Sporty or sideline support – you can enjoy the idyllic New Zealand landscape while taking part in one of Hanmer’s many sporting events. Whether you like a challenging mountain bike trail through native forest or prefer a more technical approach on the golf course – Hanmer Springs can offer something for everyone.


Recreation Hotspot


Hanmer has been a mecca for sporting events since the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa facilities became intensely popular. Crowds are drawn to the weekend lifestyle of play hard and relax. The idea of being pushed to your limits in a sporting activity on the Saturday knowing you can relax whichever way you prefer on the Sunday is a great motivation to head out to this recreation hotspot.


Upcoming events to note:

• Check out the 4 and 8 hour mountain biking race Saturday 16 March at Hanmer Springs Forest. This event is a community fundraiser. If you think you have the stamina give this beast a go. Fancy a team building excursion? Enter your work or school group in the team event.

• Lion’s Easter Friday Golf Tournament 30 March. There is a handicap and non-handicap section.

As we head into winter, summer sporting events draw to a close but stay tuned for Hanmer Springs’ ski area inter-club racing, as there are more details to come. Hanmer is a popular spot for the ski community, with the Amuri Ski Club hosting its annual ball here. Get excited to ski during the day and party the night away.



Hamner Springs

Destination Recharge!

Hanmer Springs, only a 90 minute drive from the city, has the reputation for being a sports destination and all that encompasses, from cycling, tramping and off roading, to boating, fishing, bird watching and hunting.


Hamner Springs


The less known secret is that Hanmer Springs is the perfect destination for a day trip or longer, simply when you need to recharge your batteries. The topic of mental health is a ‘hot’ global focus, with research validating the importance of brain breaks, going for a walk or just taking time to unwind. This helps your body operate in peak condition in today’s warp-speed society where the to-do lists are long and seemingly never-ending.

A change of scenery is the best medicine, even if only for an hour or two. The physical pick me up a change of scenery provides is invaluable when you return refreshed, clear-headed and ready to tackle your list again.  As the year is now totally underway, put yourself at the top of your list and take care of your mental health. When you are in the need of a change of scenery, think outside the box for a place to take refuge and experience some quiet.

A place you can spend an afternoon by yourself or with a loved one, just meandering for a stroll or having a cup of tea, or just sitting under a tree on the grass. The drive to Hanmer Springs can be just as calming as you listen to music or a book on tape or just enjoy the quiet of the road.



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.