Remove Ads

Hanmer Forest

Hanmer Forest, Hanmer Springs, Canterbury 7395 New Zealand

  • Independent
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

“Tucked up behind one of Canterbury’s most popular holiday towns, Hanmer Forest Park is a walking and cycling paradise.”

Hanmer Forest contains some of New Zealand’s oldest exotic plantings. Between 1900 and 1901, reserve land was set aside for planting exotic trees. The lowland Hanmer Basin was then a treeless tussock grass-land exposed to strong winds and climatic extremes. With the clearing, fencing, and drainage of the area, a tree nursery was established. Planting began in 1902–03. Prison labour used between 1903 and 1913, was important in establishing Hanmer Forest.

Radiata pine and Douglas fir were planted for timber production, while other species were planted to test their commercial viability and beautify the area. In 1978 forest park status was declared. In 1990 the Crown sold Carter Holt Harvey the cutting rights to the majority of the exotic forests (4,800 hectares)and in February 2000 sold the land under these forests to Ngai Tahu.

The indigenous forest and a small proportion of exotic forest makes up the forest park, some 13,000 hectares administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Mountain beech/tawhai on steep slopes protects against excessive erosion on the thin and unstable erosion-prone mountain soils. Native shrubs and subalpine plants are found above the bushline.

Native birds commonly found in the park are the korimako/bellbird, piwakawaka/fantail, miro-miro/tomtit, riroriro/grey warbler, titipounamu/rifleman, tui, kereru and karearea/New Zealand falcon.

Introduced birds include chaffinch, blackbird, thrush, greenfinch, goldfinch and hedge sparrow.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Be the first to add a review to the Hanmer Forest.

Hanmer Forest

Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs, Canterbury
7395 New Zealand

Hours not available

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
See More Details (1)
Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels


Click to discover a
great deal!

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide

Alpine Pacific Triangle

  • 32 Places
  • 09:39
  • 361 mi
  • Trip Guide

Explore Canterbury On Foot

  • 15 Places
  • Trip Guide

Wellington to Gisborne Long Weekend Roadie

  • 18 Places
  • 19:22
  • 826 mi
  • Trip Guide

Cycle The Otago Central Rail Trail

  • 34 Places
  • 04:20
  • 169 mi
Remove Ads