Catching the bus from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs with InterCity is easy. It's a short bus ride, at just over two hours, making Hanmer Springs the perfect destination for a quick day-trip or a sneaky weekend getaway. 

It's not hard finding something to do in Hanmer Springs. There's an abundance of exhilarating adrenaline-pumping activities as well as family-friendly and relaxing activities, Hanmer Springs caters to all!

Christchurch to Hanmer Springs buses operate daily in both directions - view the timetable below.

Christchurch to Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

Service HC8616*: Departs 8:50am, arrives 11:00am Service HC8619*: Departs 4:30pm, arrives 6:30pm

*Private operator

You can also catch the bus to Hanmer Springs from Picton, Dunedin, and other South Island towns, connecting in Christchurch with InterCity.


About Hanmer Springs

The small town of Hanmer Springs is built around a hot spring that was first discovered in the 19th century.  Today it's a bustling alpine spa village with a range of activities to suit everyone, whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools  & Spa is one of the top attractions in Hanmer Springs, with relaxing rock pools, soothing sulfur pools, bubbles and water jets and plenty of temperature options. Its luxurious day spa offers relaxing treatments, private pools, sauna and steam rooms. What's more, the kids will love the hydro slides, water park and the only Superbowl aquatic thrill ride in New Zealand!

Once you've soaked yourself into bliss, try out some of the adventurous outdoor activities available in Hanmer Springs, from fishing and jetboat rides to mountain biking, hiking and even bungy jumping.

Hanmer Springs township

In winter months Hanmer Springs is a great base for the nearby ski fields Mount Lyford and Hanmer Springs Ski Area, where you can try snowboarding, tobogganing and tubing.  There are daily shuttles running to and from both ski fields.  

An afternoon stroll into the village to explore the array of boutique shops and fabulous cafes and restaurants is a must!

Alternatively, challenge yourself to a round of golf at the local golf club. Here you'll have to focus and concentrate as the views are so spectacular they could distract you from your A-game! Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city crowds, enjoy the serenity and peacefulness that the Hanmer Springs Golf Club provides. 

Travelling from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs? The journey itself is a pleasure as you pass through the picturesque farming countryside and small rural communities including Waipara and Hurunui.

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