About Ashburton, New Zealand

  • Located just under an hour from Christchurch, and halfway between Queenstown & Kaikoura, Ashburton is a large town with many recreational opportunities for visitors. Visit the Aviation Museum, the Ashburton Lakes or one of the 2 golf courses. The Ashburton, Rakaia, and Rangitata Rivers offer good fishing, the Rakaia in particular is renowned worldwide for its salmon fishing.

    Things to do in Ashburton (NZ)

    Ashburton is the gateway to some of Canterbury best attractions and activities - including fly fishing in the Rakaia River, hot air balloon tours over the Canterbury Plains and skiing at Mt Hutt.

    Lake Hood is just 5 minutes from Ashburton and boasts a water ski tournament park, international class rowing course, top class restuarant and a residential subdivision, the perfect recreational area for all water lovers.

    The annual Wheels Week event in May is a must and involves many heritage attractions that can be explored all year round, including the Ashburton Vintage Car Museum, the Plains Railway and Historical Village and the Ashburton Aviation Museum with a huge collection of planes from yesteryear and displays of the years it spent as an air force training base during World War II.

    Ashburton’s magnificent parking facilities adjacent to State Highway One, make it easy to stop and appreciate the high quality shopping facilities, cafes & restaurants, craft shops, nationally recognised art gallery, museum and visitor information centre.

    Top class sporting facilities including an international-standard hockey pitch, superb tennis courts and challenging golf courses.

    Ashburton Accommodation

    Accommodation includes hotel and motels, bed & breakfast and homestays, accommodation for sports and conference groups.

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