Cow Stream Hot Spring, Hanmer Springs

Cow Stream Hot Spring, Hanmer Springs
Canterbury
North of Hanmer Forest Park, Hanmer Springs
Description

The pools downstream were better, one hot, one perfect one cold. We spent the day there, good 4×4 track, need low range and diff lock for a few spots. Get access to the combination lock for the gate through the DOC website. Register your car for the st james conservation park and they give you the combination, it changes every 2 weeks.

The pools have been well made with concrete and rocks, however there are a few leaks if a volunteer wants to fix them. There are a few sandflies around, same as everywhere.

[Sacha]

Directions

From Hanmer, drive over Jacks Pass, turn left to St James Homestead, walk down Peters Valley and over Peters Pass to the Edwards River. Cow Stream is on the left, the hot pool is located at the foot of the hill.

About 10km walk.From midyear (2010) there will be 4WD drive access right to the pool through the Edwards Pass Entrance. [Peter H, NZ]

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Bather Reviews
11
Absolutely Fantastic! We biked in from St James Homestead, made a perfect day trip. Hot pools were super warm and in an awesome remote location. Would recommend to anybody and everybody.
Rating: 10/10
Tom Robinson - Nelson New Zealand
01th May 2018
10
The pools downstream were better, one hot, one perfect one cold. We spent the day there, good 4x4 track, need low range and diff lock for a few spots. Get access to the combination lock for the gate through the DOC website. Register your car for the st james conservation park and they give you the combination, it changes every 2 weeks. The pools have been well made with concrete and rocks, however there are a few leaks if a volunteer wants to fix them. There are a few sandflies around, same as everywhere.
Rating: 8/10
Sacha - Aus
27th February 2018
9
Visited in Jan '16. Only 1 of the 3 'clear' water pools downstream were swimmable, 1 was too hot, & 1 had hardly any water in it. The pool & water were cleanish, a bit of muck on the bottom, but nothing to put us off swimming. The 2 'cloudy' pools upstream were the pick of lot though, great temp and black sand bottom. Access was easy enough thanks to in a high clearance 4WD to Cow Stream then a bit of clambering up the stream to the pools
Rating: 7/10
Brent O'Meagher - Lyttelton
16th January 2018
8
Lot of faeces and rubbish there, Dead pig intestines thrown in the pool, Wouldnt risk my health to return there.
Rating: -/10
steve - new zealand
6th November 2011
7
Cows still in the valley, darn it. We saw 3 to 4 in the head of the little stream just west of Charlies Saddle. They took off and hid smartly.
Rating: -/10
Honora Renwick - Christchurch, New Zealand
4th July 2011
6
Hi Maree! Good to see you getting out and about. Love to Ray. I'll put in a link to show the real location of the hot pool. The image above is very wrong!
Rating: -/10
Honora - Christchurch, New Zealand
30th January 2011
5
The grid references in NZMG are E2483155, N5864516. You can convert this to the 2000 format on the linz site. I'm off to Google Earth to try and put the correct location on their site.
Rating: -/10
Honora - Christchurch, New Zealand
30th January 2011
4
Ditto your review Honora. Visited it on Monday 24th. Almost too hot to sit in. Sandflies were active though. Walked from the main 4WD track. Tandem paraglider sailed in thermals over the main river while we were in the pool. Later in evening while we were camping by the hut they walked up after landing at the Waiau. They were tourist paragliders and had taken off from St. Arnaud earlier in the day. Were travelling light and continued to walk out. We saw a few steer down by the Waiau over Charlie's Pass. Hope they stay down there and don't visit the pool again.
Rating: -/10
Maree Goldring - Castle Hill
27th January 2011
3
any chance of some topo co-ords ?Can you now 4WD to the pool?
Rating: -/10
Lew Shaw - NZ
23rd January 2011
2
Ha! Checked it out today and it is excellent. It fits about 6 people as there are hot spots but if you bring a closed cell foam pad, you'll be sweet and will get more people in there. It was chest deep when sitting. Yes, the side has collapsed a bit, I guess due to a flood but some kind people have built up the wall with some of the mud and rocks. It would be good to do a good concreting job again. The level used to be about a metre deep when the wall was built. Today, there were hardly any sandflies there! The place has been destocked so cow manure will be a thing of the past.
Rating: 9/10
Honora Renwick - Christchurch, New Zealand
15th January 2011
1
A mate says it is only ankle deep and fits 2 people. I'll have to check it out and report back!
Rating: -/10
Honora Renwick - Christchurch
15th November 2010

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Laura Haslam
Source: Taken on a frosty morning in May 2014
Jane Pearson
Source: Taken March 2013
John Welch
Source: taken 23 Feb 2013
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