Explore the magical fairy doors on Hanmer Springs Fairy Door Walk
Fairy Doors Walk at Lower Dog Stream Track
This Hanmer Springs walk was a HIT with my kids (6,4 and 1) They just loved walking through the forest and finding the beautifully painted fairy doors along the track. This walk is stroller accessible, but you will find it hard to keep your toddlers in it, as they will just love opening the little doors to see if there is anything inside.
Along the way the kids found cute little messages, some painted rocks and even a coin inside the doors. While they were disappointed that they didn’t find any actual fairies, we reminded them the fairies flew through the doors, just like Harry Potter walked through Platform 93/4 in the films (also a fav of there’s) We lost count of how many fairy doors there were along the trail, but there were more than a dozen, and probably less than 20.
Tip: To continue the magic, bring a little something to leave behind for other children to find after you leave. We love to share a little kindness and joy where we can.
Where is the Fairy Doors walk in Hanmer Springs?
The fairy doors section of the Dog Stream Track starts at Brooke Dawson Park. You can drive there by going to the end of Bath Street, heading down the hill and parking in the reserve.
Once in Brooke Dawson Park, head over the little bridge and head straight ahead (the left track goes to the Bike pump track) and before you know it there will be magical fairy doors everywhere. The majority of the fairy doors go as far as the next bridge but you could keep walking straight and loop back. There are another 2-3 fairy doors along here that we found, but we enjoyed just walking back along the original trail. The fairy doors walk on the Dog Stream Track is the best short family walk in Hanmer Springs and one I can guarantee the kids will do without whinging.
The Fairy Door Walk will take about 20-30 minutes return for little legs to toddle. An adult would take about 15 mins to walk the track, but it isn’t very long at all. A lovely beginners walk for kids that they will ask to do again and again.
Other things to do in Brooke Dawson Park
- Have a picnic on the picnic tables
- Build a dam or bridge in Dog Stream
- Bike on the nearby Pump Track or on the flat paths here in Dog Stream Reserve
- Take a dip or paddle in the stream
- Throw a frisbee or play backyard cricket
- Hide under the little bridge and scare your mum (Kippy thinks I should add that. He also thought it was hilarious when he did it)
Combining the Art Sculpture Trail on the Forest Amble Walk and the Fairy Door walk
We chose to combine both the Forest Amble Walk (see photo below) and the Fairy Door Walk, to do both walks in one morning. Our 4 and 6 year olds are quite used to walking and in total, this took us around an hour with lots of exploring along the way.
We started at the beginning of the Forest Amble Walk, turning right and following the signs at the entrance to the Forest (rather than going straight ahead) We followed the track all the way to the turnoff to the township (just after the eagle and the rats) You could have continued the track back to the beginning, but we were told there were only the mushroom sculptures along this section, so felt ok to skip it.
Following the village track, we headed down the narrow track and turned left (at the closed bridge), walking along Dog Stream. Head over the bridge and follow the Dog Stream track. Once you head over the bridge at the end of the big field, you will be on the lower Dog Stream Track and you can start looking around for fairy doors. You will end up in a reserve at the other end of the trail and the opposite end of town. We walked back through the township, a great chance for coffee or snacks.
Below: Forest Amble Walk
Other awesome things to do in Hanmer Springs
- Check out our Best Things to do in Hanmer Springs article
- Mountain Biking: Beginner to Advanced Tracks
- Hanmer Waterfall Walk: 2-3 hour walk to Dog Stream Waterfall
- Conical Hill Walk: 1 hour return walk with breathtaking views
- Forest Amble Walk: Kids can find wooden animal sculptures on this fun short walk
If you love Fairy Door Walks, Canterbury has another few beautiful fairy door walks that the kids will love
- Bottle Lake Forest Fairy Village: Full of over 100 fairy houses
- McHughs Forest Fairy Door Walk: up to an hours walk, (dog friendly and stroller friendly walk)