Ashburton is the major town in the busy and varied region of Mid Canterbury. Peoeple are often surprised at the facilities available in this friendly "country town".
Ashburton, sitting amid a region sometimes called "New Zealands Granary", combines modern city facilities and activities with rural town friendliness. Offering a wide range of shopping precincts, quality cafes and restaurants, craft shops, nationally recognised art gallery and museum as well as a host other hidden gems.
Ashburton has retained solid, old-fashioned values. Here you will find the most amazing "we can do it" attitude that is reflected in many aspects of life and what's been achieved for the town both in the quality of life and commercial success.
Lake Hood, on the outskirts of Ashburton, is a paradise for water enthusiasts with a wide range of activities including swimming, yachting, boating and waterskiing. Enjoy coffee or dining at the lakefront restaurant and watch the world go by.
Top class sporting facilities cater for all codes and include an international-standard hockey pitch, superb tennis courts and challenging golf courses.
Every second year, the Asburton Harness Racing Club hosts the Harness Racing Jewels, one of the biggest racedays on the national calendar, and a spectacular showcase of how the locals can put on a great event!
Ashburton isn't just a good place to live, and bring up the kids, it's also a great place to visit and soak up New Zealand the way we would still like it to be and there's plenty to see and do.
Whether you’re planning on moving here, or just here temporarily on holiday, for a conference or sports event, you will enjoy traditional heartland hospitality, and accommodation to suit your style and budget.
The Ashburton i-SITE Visitor Centre is one of around 90 centres located throughout New Zealand, easily recognized by the green i, and provides free and objective information and a booking service for local and national accommodation, sightseeing, attractions and activities, seven days a week, 364 days a year.
Ashburton is a great place to visit, but an even better place to live!