• 17 km from Hanmer Springs
  • 155 km from Christchurch
  • 155 km from Kaikoura
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 undulating 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.
Camper vans are not permitted, 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 be carried at all times and fitted if signposts advise.
A shuttle runs daily from Hanmer Springs township at 8:15am & 9:15am (11:15am by demand only). Departing mountain 4pm & 5pm (dependent on demand). Hanmer Adventure Centre provide a very good seven day service & comes highly recommended.

If you would like to organise a car pool or get a lift, click on the Snowpool links below: