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Paddocks, horse floats and emergencies

Horse Float Parking

If you are coming in to Hanmer Springs for the day, horse floats can be parked at the Lucas Lane Arena or on the Jollies Pass Road main entrance.

Lucas Lane Arena in winter during a clinic with Kate Tapley

Lucas Lane Arena

Our sand arena is equipped with cavalettis and jump standards. The arena is free for the use of club members and can be hired by non-members or groups. See more on the Ride Hanmer Springs page.

Skills Park

Our Skills Park has obstacles for you and your horse to improve your back country riding skills. See more on the Ride Hanmer Springs page.

Hanmer Springs Horse Riders Guest Paddock

The paddock is in Fowlers Lane, off Jollies Pass road. It is about  2 kms from the  centre of the village, right next door to a family-style camping ground with cabins called Alpine Holiday Apartments and Campground.

There is no actual camping in the paddock allowed as we lease the paddock from the campground owner. The paddock is immediately over the road from the  Heritage Forest bridle trails and our larger track network which is a bonus!

Directions: Drive the main road SH7A, into Hanmer Village. When you get to the top of the avenue of trees (Amuri Ave) just before the Four Square, turn right into Jollies Pass road. Drive approximately 2 km past houses, over a small bridge (Dog Stream) and along the edge of the Heritage Forest which is on your right. At the end of the Forest,  turn right into Fowlers Lane. The paddock is immediately after the Campground on your left, (about 200 m) and the guest paddock is the middle paddock. Fill a bucket of water from the trough at the rear of the paddock.

Please kick the poo when you leave.

Payment: $10 per night goes towards paying the lease. You can either pay that on line to the Club account, referenced with your name, or pop cash in an envelope marked HSHR and with your name and drop it into the Powerhouse Café , 8 Jacks Pass Road.

Alternative paddocks: If you do want a free paddock where you can camp beside your horse, drive on up to the St James homestead. Immediately after the homestead, there is a bridge. Just over the bridge there is a gate into 4 public paddocks maintained by the Club. There is a DOC public toilet and great camping areas.

Veterinary Services

There are no vets in Hanmer Springs. North Canterbury Veterinary Services has branches at Culverden, Waikari,  Amberley and Cheviot.

Culverden is closest to Hanmer Springs and is about 35 minutes drive from the village.  North Canterbury Veterinary Services in Culverden is at 26 Mouse Point Road.  Phone: 03 315 8363.

Hanmer Springs Health Centre (for Humans)

The Hanmer Springs Health Centre is open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Phone 03 315 7503 to make an appointment.

If you require urgent medical attention after hours, phone 03 315 7503. Your call will be automatically diverted to a highly trained Practice Nurse who will triage your call and assess your health needs. In an emergency dial 111 and ask for the Ambulance.

Please note there is no mobile phone reception beyond Jacks Pass. If  riding in the High Country, we strongly recommend you carry an Emergency Personal Locator Beacon, (PLB) as described in High Country Trekking Safety.