Lovely alpine village just 90 minutes drive from either Kaikoura (whale watch area) or Christchurch (daily shuttle bus). Many holiday homes available. Enjoy the heat of the summer sun, being surrounded by snow-capped peaks - amazing cloud formations, sunsets & long twilights. Relax in one of the many thermal pools in the middle of winter while it's snowing around you - unique! Outdoor & private indoor pools. Go tramping through the forests or on the mountain tracks. Drive up to Jack's Pass (wonderful views and sub-alpine plants to photograph). Drive further to beautiful Lake Tennyson and tramp up to the alpine plant areas. Fish in the lake and the rivers. Drive on further up to Island Pass & on to Nelson Lakes National Park or Molesworth Station (check at Hanmer Springs Information Desk before departure.) Or hire a bike & ride up to Jack's Pass & into the Kiwi Outback. Go bungy-jumping, jet boating or whatever! JUST GO THERE!