Hurunui can be whisked past on your way to Hanmer Springs, indisputability a great place to soak away the weekday hassles. Hanmer, Hurunui’s showcase is just part of the story of the district. Take you time, check the great outdoors. Hurunui’s scenery is defined by proximity to the Southern alps with sub-alpine tussock landscapes folded into lowland forests. There are the requisite white water rivers, placid lakes and quiet country towns to wander through.