Happy days in Hanmer

Hanmer offers a fantastic holiday location for families within a stone’s throw of Christchurch. Family Times editor ANNA SCAIFE shares her thoughts on her recent stay at Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park.

Recently, I was lucky enough to sneak away midweek with Master four and Mr Scaife for a two-night stay at Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park. The park is situated in a quiet spot close to town and handy for all of the fabulous activities on offer in the area.

We were fortunate enough to stay in an apartment, and let me tell you, I was more than impressed. What struck me about the park, and the apartment, is the amount of careful thought that’s gone into ensuring the comfort and convenience of all their guests – simply perfect for families.

The park is set up to give kids a huge range of options to keep themselves occupied onsite when not out and about enjoying the many attractions nearby. I had barely made it to the front desk before my son had checked out the playground, table tennis table and the trampoline and was dragging at my arm asking to see the jumping pillow – which is pretty fun, by the way, even at my age. The communal area with the playground at its centre reminded me of camping as a kid. By the end of day one, my brother and I had always joined a group of other kids we met at the slide or the trampoline.

Barbecues and pizza ovens cater for relaxed outdoor dining, and the park has frozen locally made pizzas for sale to guests for an easy-peasy yummy meal. Not only that, but the park staff are barista-trained, so you can grab your delicious and much-needed morning (or afternoon) coffee from the park shop.

Park manager Liesl proudly showed me the communal bathroom facilities, and I could instantly see why. Recently upgraded and beautifully clean, the bathrooms have been designed to cater perfectly to all scenarios. Each stall contains a double shower and a toilet, plus plenty of room for getting changed and brushing teeth. It seems a small thing, but when the kids are young, it’s the little details that can make or break a holiday.

There are excellent accommodation options, including powered and non-powered camping sites, cabins and motels. If an apartment suits you better, you won’t regret it. Ours was stylishly decorated and completely self-contained with a full kitchen, luxurious bathroom, plus a separate toilet, spacious lounge and two bedrooms. A heat pump keeps you comfortable in the heat or the cold, and there’s Sky TV, Bluetooth sound, plus USB ports in all of the power points. Genius. Oh, and there’s a coffee machine! Crucial.

So, overall, I highly recommend a stay. We had a ball. 

P.S. Weary parents can book one of the private outdoor hot pools and wander across after dinner for a relaxing soak.