Alpine Winter Festival Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs turns into a winter wonderland

Hanmer Springs turns into a winter wonderland

Steaming hot pools, live music, ice skating – the second-ever Alpine Winter Festival is returning to Hanmer Springs this July. 

Visit Hurunui sales and marketing manager Shane Adcock says the village will be transformed into a winter oasis, with a Bringing the Cool Carnival, twinkling lights, ice skating and lots more. 

“Our alpine village is a magical place in winter and we love sharing it with others. Many of our local businesses are jumping on board with the Festival, bringing a real northern hemisphere Christmas feel to the village.” 

The 2021 Alpine Winter Festival saw nearly 5000 attendees flock to the region to enjoy all the winter delights Hanmer Springs has to offer. 

“After a difficult couple of years in the pandemic, we are so pleased to get tourism moving again in our little region.” 

“The whole village and surrounding community has worked hard to create a schedule of activities for every taste that will provide relaxation, adventure and a whole lot of wintry fun,” says Shane. 

This year’s Christmas Light competition, which gives people a chance to dress up shop windows, gates, fences and trees, is expected to be even brighter.

The ice-skating rink will kick off the festival, opening on July 1 and allowing budding figure skaters to show off their skills to music under disco lights.    

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is transforming its Sulphur pools into plunge pools, against a backdrop of live music from Topia. 

Other events include movie screenings at the Hanmer Springs Hotel, Hanmer Springs Ski Field Open Day and Adventure Film Festival at Hanmer Springs TOP 10.

For the fourth year in a row, Canterbury will also be competing for the Hanmer Springs Trophy against neighbours Tasman, in a pre-season rugby game at the Hanmer Domain.

Find all the details, as well as a full schedule of events at

Alpine Winter Festival

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