Though Hanmer Springs is a bit too touristy for my taste, if you forgo the commercial hot pools for a hike through the forest it can actually feel quite remote, and views from the top of Mt. Isobel are as remarkably beautiful as any I’ve seen thus far. The village itself is also welcoming and cozy, with plenty of nice restaurants and coffee shops.
Drove up on a Saturday night, had a nice dinner at Fire and Ice and a stay at a B&B, and then a beautiful sunny hike that took up most of the day Sunday.
(Above: did you notice the strange figure climbing up the hard way?)
Had to keep the snowman tradition alive. This one has a mohawk, but lost his head when we tried to give him a face.