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Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Mt St Patrick, Just 20km From Hanmer | Springs Village (35 Minutes Drive), Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
+64 274 341 806
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Nelson, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

First of all I thought I was going to die on our way up because the "road" was all muddy and narrow, and there is nothing to avoid your car to fall from the cliff, I never saw such a dangerous road to access to a ski field. The ski area is very small and boring. The staff was nice... More

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Ashburton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We came here with two small children - our 5 year old was going to have her first day on skis. Unfortunately very windy and it was hard for her, but the staff were brilliant and very helpful and flexible. The lodge was warm and comfortable and we'd consider spending a few days here in the future.

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Hanmer_Apartments, Public Relations Manager at Hanmer Springs Ski Area, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, glad to here the staff helped out where they could, hopefully you come back when we have our famous sunshine as our slopes face north and get all day sun. thanks again. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Took a drive up the (scary) road to this ski field. Didn't ski but looked to be a fun place to do so. Probably more aimed at intermediate skiers - worth the drive even if just to play in the snow..

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Hanmer_Apartments, Public Relations Manager at Hanmer Springs Ski Area, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words - just to point out though, all alpine roads in NZ are difficult! Club fields certainly cannot afford tar seal. No campervans are allowed up road and chains must always be carried. our new beginners tow for 2012 was a huge success and helped all the learners find their feet. More

Karratha, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Great instructors. Had a terrific time skiing & snowboarding. Staff were very helpful & friendly - good equipment available. Our only grudge was the tow cable to take you back up to the top - very hard to hold onto & quite taxing on the energy. Best part was the skiing down the slope!

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Hanmer_Apartments, Public Relations Manager at Hanmer Springs Ski Area, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind comments - not sure if you went to Mt Lyford or Hanmer? Both fields have a "nutcracker rope tow" which does take a little while to get used to. Our Poma tow at Hanmer is the longest Poma tow in NZ at over 800m! More

auckland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We came here with our children. We are not skiiers but this place had everything on offer. If you want a non commercial club type setting this is SOOOO for you. There were great areas for the kids to play around in and if you are a skiier there are certainly enough slopes to keep you busy!. I wish I... More

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Hanmer_Apartments, Public Relations Manager at Hanmer Springs Ski Area, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - we have taken on board and plan to provide more food and refreshments next season 2013. Being a club field we never have queues! More

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Had a gorgeous weekend re-union, 3 of us "old girls" from 35 years ago in the Army. Just blobbed in the Hanmer Springs Hot Pools, wandered around the village- excellent restaurants and shops. The snow around the village added to the atmosphere. A weekend to remember.

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Singapore, Singapore
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60 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

We took a day trip from Hanmer and took the winding road up the valley to the ski area. Note - you do need snow chains to attempt the very steep terrain and some of the turns towards the top of the pass are very hairy, not for the faint hearted. we weren't equipped for skiing being day trippers so... More

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hanmerapartments, Public Relations Manager at Hanmer Springs Ski Area, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments - just a couple of points to clarify - the road is like all alpine roads in NZ, as such it does require chains for safety reasons. It really is no more scary to drive than Mt Hutt. Our terrain is mainly for intermediate & advanced however we are installing a brand new beginners tow... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Been doing the club fields in Canterbury for years - nothing like it in the world. Best kept secret is Hanmer - long poma, really good terrain, and friendliest day lodge anywhere. Top it off, at the end of the day have a soak in the Hanmer hot pools. Good pubs and cafs too

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ashley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Please don't miss out on the Hanmer Springs Ski Area when visiting the village of Hanmer Springs. If you are not used to driving in the mountains then catch a shuttle up. It is a special experience. Friendly, warm club house with helpful staff, ski and boarding instructors. Upstairs area suitable for small children or non-skiers to sit in comfortable,... More

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chch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

What a wonderful ski area. The views are to die for. The road is a lot better than some other ski areas we have visited. The staff are super friendly. Skiing terrain is a lot better than i thought. Mixed terrain both intermediate and small sections of advanced accessible by a rope tow and pomma covering two different aspects. This... More

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