Hanmer Springs Ski Area is about 2 - 2.5 hours from Christchurch. The road out of Hanmer to the access road is clearly marked as Clarence Valley Road and signed to Hanmer Springs Ski Area. The turn off from Clarence Valley Road to the ski area is at St James Station, about ten kilometres out of town. The access road is a short but narrow gravel road with a few tight corners. It is north facing, so any ice left on it tends to melt when the sun shines. Car parks are located just below the Lodges.
The road is not recommended for camper vans, but two wheel drive cars with chains fitted normally have no problem, and four wheel drives can often get up without chains, especially later in the season. Chains must always be carried.
A shuttle service is run by Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre. All bookings please contact directly. Shuttles leave from 20 Conical Hill Road, Ph: 03 3157233, email [email protected]