Hanmer Springs is an alpine resort town in the Hurunui district of Canterbury, best know for its natural thermal pools and picturesque mountain surroundings. The more adventurous among us may also think of its ski slopes, whitewater rapids and bungy jumping. It’s an approximately 90 minute drive from Christchurch. Weather during late-november is mild and dry, with lows averaging 11°C and highs 16°C.


The conference venue has plenty on offer to suit both your budget and personal requirements. Due to the entire hotel being reserved for us, booking is not available through the website for the duration of our event, however it will still give you a rough idea of the rooms and their pricing. Give them a call and mention that you’re attending the “hacker camp” to reserve a room and get our discount:

Judith Swanzil Dixon
Event Sales Manager
Hanmer Springs Retreat
35 Hanmer Springs Road, Hanmer Springs, 7334
+64 3 315 5138


You have a few options:

  • Hanmer Springs Connection operate a shuttle service that departs Christchurch CBD at 9:00 every morning and returns at 16:30. You can book a seat on their website. Please mention that you’re attending the Christchurch Hacker Camp when booking, to help track numbers and potentially support running an earlier return service on the Sunday.
  • Rent your own vehicle in CHC.
  • Find a driver, or offer your services as a driver: #the-con channel on InfosecNZ Slack and CHCon channel on the ANZ Appsec Discord.
  • If you’d like to have transport organised for you, fill in this form. If there’s sufficient interest by 1st October we’ll book shared vehicles. The vans will depart the airport at 09:00 on Thursday and Friday mornings, and return Sunday at the same time. Cost will be approx $70ea return. This option is not guaranteed and we encourage you to arrange your own.


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