Hanmer Springs Area Guide
Looking over the Waiau river entering the Gorge
below the Hanmer Plain. Winter - © Naturespic.com
The Hanmer Forest, consisting mainly of plantation trees such as black pine, Norway spruce and Douglas fir, is a lovely place for walking or mountain biking in any season. The gentle one hour forest walk, which begins at Jollies Pass Road and leads through conifer, sycamore, oak and silver birch trees, is beautiful in autumn, or trek up to the top of Conical Hill at any time of the year for good views of the surrounds.
For the more adventurous, Thrillseekers Canyon Adventure Centre, based at the historic Waiau Ferry Bridge, offers jet boat and raft trips up the Waiau River, or bungy jumping off a 35-metre high platform on the bridge.