We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hanmer Forest

Certificate of Excellence
Forests, Nature & Parks
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 114 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Beautiful Alpine Forest

There are a number of well marked trails in the Hanmer Forest ranging from short 30 min returns suitable for children to 6 hr return hikes to the top of Mt Isadora. We chose an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
JohnZ-SanDiego
,
San Diego, California
Add Photo Write a Review

114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

There are a number of well marked trails in the Hanmer Forest ranging from short 30 min returns suitable for children to 6 hr return hikes to the top of Mt Isadora. We chose an intermediate walk combining the waterfall, saddle, and fir trails for an approx 10km hike that took about 2.5 hrs. The elevation gain was not that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Picton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed walking around but wish that the time's were not that conservative in the brochure as I could have walked further than I did if I'd known. Maybe I walk fast.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Perfect riding track for littlie's, beautiful forest, excellent tracks, BMX track along the way that the kids loved too

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We liked walking in the Heritage Forest - it was the only forst available for walking or biking as other forests were closed because of fire risk.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Travelled the roads in Hanmer Forest. A 10km bike ride. On a hot day it was cool to be here. It was flat and we had a relaxing ride. Great for a kids morning out.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reigate, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

While we were in Hanmer, many of the more popular walks, including the walk up Conical Hill, were closed, due to the extreme fire risk. Hanmer Heritage Forest, however, was open for walkers and cyclists alike, so on a lovely sunny morning we set off there. We decided to do the Forest Journey, which offered us a 90 minute amble.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney NSW Australia
Top Contributor
229 reviews 229 reviews
91 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

There were many gentle walking tracks through the forest. The gentle walk we took was very refreshing and relaxing and we were able to walk alongside a stream. There were also more challenging tracks. It was so good to have such a selection of tracks. All the tracks we walked along were well maintained and very accessible.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Firstly, what a beautiful spot! While in Hanmer we took some time to just wander around, explore and enjoy the forest. So peaceful, tidy, and well-maintained. We even ended up finding a beautiful spot by Dog Stream and playing cards in the forest for a couple of hours :) Hiked up to Dog Stream Waterfall the next day - amazing!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boonah, Australia
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
62 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Liked the peacefulness and beautiful temperate forest trees. We could have spent more time in Hanmer Springs discovering the forest walks.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Easy forrest with lots of trails to choose from. Cool shaded walk shared with horses and mountain bikes. Would have been nice to hire bikes and cover a bit more of this expansive forrest

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hanmer Forest also viewed

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury Region
Hanmer Springs, Canterbury Region
 
Hanmer Springs, Canterbury Region
 

Been to Hanmer Forest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hanmer Forest and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Hanmer Forest staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?