Best Places for Backpackers in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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Top 4 hostels in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

These are the 4 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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Hanmer Backpackers

97 /100

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Hanmer Backpackers

Hanmer Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in beautiful Hanmer Springs. Our hostel is a small, cozy, friendly and warm Swiss chalet style backpackers providing excellent accommodation and service at low prices. We are the most affordable accommodation provider in Hanmer Springs for the...
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Waiau Motor Camp

94 /100

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Waiau Motor Camp

Welcome to Waiau Motor Camp. Situated on State Highway 70 in the township of Waiau, we are just a 35 minute drive to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort and only 75 minutes to Christchurch. Kaikoura is also just a 60 minute drive away. Soak in the pools at Hanmer, check out the Whales in Kaikoura, th...
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YHA Kakapo Lodge

90 /100

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YHA Kakapo Lodge

Kakapo Lodge YHA is central located, only a 2 minute walk form the famous Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Relaxing inside the property is easy during winter with a Log Fire and Under-floor Heating as well as extra blankets on request. Cook up a storm in our large Communal Kitchen and Dining r...
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Jack In The Green

90 /100

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Jack In The Green

Surrounded by mountains in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, Jack In The Green is located in a quiet residential area, just outside the town centre. This small boutique lodge offers spacious rooms, a lovely guest lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen. Jack In The Green Backpackers has...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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The Trip

Me and my friend Sonia left for the North Island during the middle of July. It does not sound as the best time to travel around as it’s middle winter, but this country turns up to be a year-round travel destination. It was cold, indeed, so be sure you remember to bring warm clothes when you head there, but it was definitely not unbearable. We spent the first week travelling around Auckland, reaching down to Mount Ngauruhoe, close to Lake Taupo, the most southern point we managed to get during our quick trip to the North Island. We went like in a circle, passing from the Coromandel Peninsula, down to Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo, and then going back up passing from Waitomo District, Hamilton and Piha, just outside Auckland. Needless to say that one week is not enough, but we had no choice and flew down to Christchurch, where we picked up our rented car and did another two weeks of travelling all around the South Island. In this case we tried not to miss any single worth stop. But the weather was not on our side and unfortunately we couldn’t really enjoy every stop. Anyway, we did an anti-clockwise trip, starting from Christchurch, heading up to Kaikoura and Blenheim, passing by Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui) and stopping at Nelson for two days to enjoy the Abel National Park at its best. Then we turned south to Greymouth and to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, right before arriving in Wanaka. After this, we spent a couple of days in Queenstown, where you find tourists at any time of the year as it offers any kind of entertainment, from exciting activities like the first Bungee Jumping or the Swing, to relaxing boat cruises and mountain walks. Winter is of course the best moment to go skiing or snowboarding, and there were hips of backpackers around, ready to get the best from the good snow. After leaving Queenstown we went down to Te Anau and cruised along Milford Sound, then we reached the most Southern Point of the entire Island (Slope Point) and went chasing penguins and albatross around Dunedin. On the way back to Christchurch we couldn’t miss the night sky over Lake Tekapo and the snowy land of Mount Cook, we also drove through the astonishing Arthur’s Pass and ended our trip at Hanmer Springs and at the Banks Peninsula, close to the airport. Words can’t describe our entire experience. We’ve been staying in different hostels every night, crossing path with many other travellers on their way. Heard interesting stories from other people livings and shared rooms with men and women of any possible nationality. No other experience will ever equal the power of this trip and I will never forget all the challenges we also went through (the snow storm being one of those).

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