Ashburton

Ashburton is the bustling hub of the district, at the centre of a compact but amazingly varied region. People stop and stay and are surprised at what they find.

Called New Zealand's granary and a destination in its own right, combining modern city facilities and vibrancy with rural town friendliness.  You'll appreciate the high quality shopping precincts, eclectic cafes and restaurants, craft shops, nationally recognised art gallery and museum and many other hidden treasures.

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.

Because this is such a good place to live, to 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 here on holiday, a conference or sports event, enjoy traditional heartland hospitality in 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 New Zealand accommodation, sightseeing, attractions and activities, seven days a week, 364 days a year.