THE 20 MOST CHARMING TOWNS & SMALL CITIES IN NEW ZEALAND
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A few hours’ drive north into the mountains from Christchurch, the South Island’s geothermal properties can keenly be felt at Hanmer Springs. As the name itself suggests, heated mineral water bubbles forth from the springs all around the small town. The large Thermal Pools & Spa resort is the main year-round draw, proving equally popular for its water park vibe in summer and relaxing, warming properties in winter, especially with those who have come down from the nearby ski slopes. Around the town, rocky Waiau Gorge encourages sports of a more adrenaline-fuelled variety, including white-water rafting, bungee jumping and jetboat rides.