Alpine Winter Festival

Alpine Winter Festival

We're back for 2024! 6th-16th July.

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Hanmer Springs’ Alpine Winter Festival is back!

The festival is back for 2024 and bigger than ever! We can't wait to see you, 6th - 16th July. Bring your whole whānau to enjoy icy plunge pools, night light tree top climbing, dazzling light displays, kids quizzes, glowing mini golf and more… that's just the tip of the iceberg! Explore the full programme below.

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Pop Up Light Display

Step into a world of wonder at our Pop Up Light Display! Marvel at the mesmerizing blow-up lights that transform the night into a vibrant, glowing spectacle. Stroll through an enchanting path illuminated by inflatable and interactive light installations. Perfect for families and friends, this interactive light display promises to captivate all ages. This is a FREE light display every evening from the 6th - 16th July.

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Star Gazing

On the 10th of July, Manuka Skies will be hosting a FREE star gazing session at the Hanmer Springs Animal Park. This is an amazing opportunity to see the beauty skies of Hanmer Springs have to offer.

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Ice Bath Plunge Pools

We are so excited to have plunge pools available everyday during the festival from 11am to 2pm at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

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Family Picnic Quad/Buggy Rides

Amuri Jet Adventures are putting on a special treat for us all, for the whole Alpine Winter Festival 6th - 16th July! For 10 days only, the team at Amuri Jet Adventures are putting on a Family Picnic Buggy/Quad combo, taking you to areas of their farm and mountains which aren't usually open for touring. You bring your family and your picnic and the amazing team will take you on a fantastic journey, via either Quad Bike or Buggy, to some of the most picturesque lookouts over Hanmer where you and the whanau can enjoy your packed lunch. 10am - 2pm Daily
email to book jetboatinghanmersprings.co.nz with code “AWF Deal”

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Outdoor Puzzle Hunt

An Outdoor Puzzle Hunt, but in the dark! Bring your torches and enjoy the Hanmer Springs Village as it lights up from the local light shows put on by the businesses! The Outdoor Puzzle Hunt is essentially an Outdoor Escape Room experience in the form of a Scavenger Hunt. Each team of 4-6 students will receive an iPad, an action pack and 3 missions to choose from!! Come early and have the opportunity to purchase glow sticks for the real glowing adventure!

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Fire Truck Display

Fire Truck Display 13th July 10am - 12pm
Thank you to the Hanmer Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade who are going to put on a display at the Fire Station on Saturday the 13th July. We know there will be some pretty excited little ones! We also want to take this time to thank those volunteer fire fighters for the continued support and hard work you provide to our community. This is a FREE display.

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Animal Park Colouring In Competition

Whenever you like!
Pick up the colouring in from Hanmer Springs Animal Park

A wee Alpine Winter Festival treat for the kiddies, perfect for a rainy day! The Hanmer Springs Animal Park are putting on a colouring in competition. Pick these up up from the Hanmer Animal Park, after enjoying their fun and friendly farm of course, and get creative! Watch this space, the winning prize will be announced soon.

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Village Light Competition

The Hanmer Springs Alpine Winter Festival is bringing back some competition within the village. You guessed it! The Lights competition is back! Our amazing local businesses are getting ready to make the village glow, lighting up the streets! A big shout out to all our favourite local shops and eateries for creating an amazing Alpine Winter Festival atmosphere, that we all get to enjoy. I can't wait to see Hanmer Springs shine! ✨

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Ski Field Open Day

10am-5pm
Hanmer Springs Ski Area

The Amuri Ski Club cannot wait to have you join them on Saturday 13th July for a fun-filled day of skiing, tobogganing, snow castle building and to enjoy their sausage sizzle which will be going for the Open Day only! If we could please have everyone doing a little snow dance to the skies, then hopefully the ski field will have some awesome POW for us all to enjoy. If there’s enough snow to open the lifts, we’ll be doing deals on passes for the day.

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The Big Swim Fundraiser

Dive into The Big Swim for Coast Guard!

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa are opening 2 lanes daily from 10am to 11am during the Alpine Winter Festival, inviting you to swim for charity. For every lap you complete, they will donate 20 cents to support The Big Swim for Coast Guard.

They are also a partner pool so if you raise $100 you will be able to enter the pools for free during the month of July.

Don't miss this opportunity to make a splash and contribute to a worthy cause. T's & C's apply, so come along, bring your friends, and let's swim together to make a difference!

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Music with Michal

Michal will be performing 2 shows on Tuesday 9th July. 10am & 11.30am at Hanmer Springs Community Hall.

Michal's music focuses on themes of wellbeing and positivity, collaborating with teachers and experts to ensure her songs promote important values like kindness and diversity. Her vibrant videos on YouTube and social media platforms keep kids engaged and entertained, spreading joy and fostering creativity in every viewer.

As Michal Bush continues to share her joyful Kiwi music, she's not just creating songs – she's creating lasting memories and meaningful lessons for children worldwide, one song at a time.

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Night Time Amaze-N-Maze

A special treat for the Alpine Winter Festival. A Maze N Golf Hanmer Springs is going above and beyond their normal hours and bringing their maze experience to life, actually… to NIGHTLIFE! Staying open till 8.00pm in the evening, rug up and get your torches ready! 6th - 16th July!
Come and solve the mystery of the Lost Temple and be in for lots of surprises along the way and do it all in the dark! The maze will be slightly more spooky than usual, with some darker corners whilst you try to solve the Lost Temple mysteries. Bring a torch if you don’t love the dark. That is A-MAZE-N!

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Pie Eating Competition

Did I hear Pie Eating Competition...?
You would be silly not to come down to PJ's Pies Hanmer Springs for this one!
A kiwi classic, we love a competition and we love a pie. There will be up to 7 rounds of pie eating contests, where we are after the fastest individual to finish a pie. The winner of each round will go to the final round where we will discover the ultimate pie eater! For the winner we have a Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa voucher up for grabs!
This competition is free to enter and is limited to 20 people. Sign up on the day, on a first in first served basis. A special treat for those not competing is the PJ's Pies Happy Hour from 2pm-3pm (after the competition has concluded), where all pies will be half price!

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Winter Movie Screening

ICE AGE, a classic alpine movie, perfect for a morning indoors to entertain the whole family.

This is a free screening, kindly put on by the Hanmer Springs Hotel taking place on Monday 8th of July, beginning at 10.30am

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Night Light Tree Top Climbing

This activity involves climbing trees at our base at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, in the dark whilst the trees are illuminated! This activity is for the extra brave and those who are ready to take the challenge to the next level.
5.30pm - 7pm 7tth, 9th, 11th, 13th & 15th July.
$35pp and you must be over 5 years of age. Location: Hanmer Springs Forest Camp

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Amuri Helicopter Open Day

Have you ever wanted to see inside a helicopter and find out how they work? Well, here’s your chance at the Amuri Helicopters Open Day as part of the Alpine Winter Festival. There’ll be helis to have a look around, pilots to have a chat with and all sorts of gear to understand more about. You and the kids will love this one of kind experience. It’s free to come along to so pop in and say hello.
Monday 8th July, 11am - 4pm, FREE entry
Amuri Helicopters - 561 Hanmer Springs Road.

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Winter Arts & Crafts

A free fun late morning, perfect to keep the kiddos busy! The Hanmer Springs Library is ready to get creative with a whole lot of fun arts and crafts. Come on down to the local library and get amongst it!
10am - 12pm 11th & 12th July
Hanmer Springs Library

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Sled Dog Meet & Greet

We are very excited that The South Island Siberian Husky Club Inc. are hosting a Sled Dog Meet & Greet during the Alpine Winter Festival 2024 - Hanmer Springs. We can't wait to meet these beautiful dogs! Saturday 13th July, Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, 2-4pm.

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42 Amuri Avenue
Hanmer Springs
New Zealand

Email: info@visithurunui.co.nz
Phone: +64 3 315 0000
Free phone : 0800 442 663 (NZ only)