Rippinvale Retreat is situated adjacent to the Hanmer Springs golf course, just a 2 minute drive and easy flat walk to the iconic Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa and the Hanmer Springs Village centre which offers an array of shopping and dining experiences.

Hanmer Springs is a 90 minute drive North from Christchurch Airport.
From Kaikoura Hanmer Springs is a 2 hour drive on the Alpine Pacific Highway.
From the West Coast Hanmer Springs is a 3 hour drive.


Driving from Christchurch - take State Highway 1 and follow signs north to Picton. Just north of the town of Amberley take the turn-off for State Highway 7. Turn-off on Highway 7a to Hanmer Springs.

Driving from the West Coast - take State Highway 7 towards Christchurch. After crossing over the Lewis Pass, it's a 45 minute drive before the sign-posted turn-off on Highway 7a on the left to Hanmer Springs.

Driving from Kaikoura - we suggest taking the sign-posted 'Alpine Pacific Highway' off State Highway 1 on the right just south of Kaikoura. You will enjoy the drive through beautiful high country scenery and small country towns such as Waiau and Rotherham, before coming to State Highway 7 where you turn right towards Lewis Pass / Westport. Turn-off on Highway 7a to Hanmer Springs.

Activities in Hanmer Springs

  • Golf - 18 hole championship course Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
  • Fly fishing,
  • Jet boating,
  • River rafting
  • Skiing,
  • Bungy jumping
  • Horse riding,
  • Forest walks
  • Mountain biking,
  • Quad biking
  • Molesworth Station tours
  • Saturday village market (Summer)
  • Waipara vineyards
  • Wine tasting
  • Cafes and fine dining
  • Day treks Hunting, fishing and camera safaris

Therapeutic and beauty treatments Helicopter and fixed wing scenic flights

Activities at Rippinvale Retreat

  • Lawn tennis, petanque, croquet
  • Victorian afternoon teas (Summer)
  • Relaxing picnics
  • Soaking in the jacuzzi
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Watching DVDs with hot popcorn
Finding Rippinvale Retreat - when you get to the Hanmer Springs village intersection (just past the Shell Service Station) continue straight ahead down Argelins Road. The second on the left is Rippingale Road (you will see our blue 'lodge' sign) continue 1 kilometre to the foot of the hill where you will see our stone and wooden gateway, number 68.

"Thanks so much for sharing your little bit of heaven with us. Your kiwi hospitality has been wonderful. We have truly enjoyed our trip to
Hanmer Springs and will be sure to return to see and do more in the future. Breakfast was sensational and gave us a good start to each day,
the helicopter ride was great as were the hot pools and massage. Can't wait to come back."