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The St James is a Qualmark 5-star Gold Level property and was named winner of the ‘Best Motel’ category in New Zealand in the Hospitality NZ awards in 2018 and 2019.

Hanmer Springs is the perfect holiday location- its paradise anytime of the year. We are only a small village but we have all the ingredients for a great holiday and there is something for everyone whether it be relaxation or adventure activities that you are looking for.

Discover the forest walks, enjoy a mountain tramp, try mountain biking, jet boating, golf or treat yourself to a relaxing massage and some time at the thermal pools.  Check out the boutique stores, cafes and restaurants and yes the village has a Supermarket, Garage, Library and Bottle Store.

We are located just off of the main street in the centre of the village overlooking Chisholm Reserve from where it is only a few minutes walk to the Thermal Pools, shops, cafes and restaurants.

We invite guests who are staying for more than one night to contribute to our ‘Save a Service Plant a Tree’ initiative.  This means for every daily Room Service that a guest chooses NOT to have during their stay The St James will purchase on new tree which will be planted in Hanmer Springs by the Hanmer Springs Conservation Trust.

We look forward to welcoming and hosting you at The St James and we know you will love our special part of New Zealand.

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Hospitality NZ  - Winner 2018