Lake Hood

Lake Hood, its park surroundings and Huntingdon Park - form the Ashburton Aquatic Park. The 173 hectare Ashburton Aquatic Park is a dream that has become a reality benefiting the local community and visitor market while boasting international-class facilities.

It began in 1987, when a group of community-minded people dared to dream that their Trust could provide a free water recreation source for the public. Today, the $40 million development is testament to Ashburton people and their district motto “Ashburton – whatever it takes”.

The Park comprises the 80ha expanse of Lake Hood with an eight-lane international rowing course, separate international water-skiing course and additional areas for kayaking, sailing, boating and swimming. The course attracts regular kayaking events and is already one of New Zealand’s premier rowing facilities.

If you’re an enthusiastic supporter of water sports, but prefer to keep your feet dry - then the wetland walking trails set amongst the beauty of 7km of lake frontage around Lake Hood offers a healthy and enjoyable alternative.

For people who rate lifestyle above all else, there are unique opportunities to live in your dream home in Huntingdon Park on the shores of Lake Hood. Each day can be filled with any number of sporting interests or can be spent soaking up the fantastic views and scenery in your neighbourhood in a development that is unique to Canterbury, and New Zealand. There are a number of residential developments available – all with large sections, unrestrained views and a ‘community feel’ within your own neighbourhood.

The Lakes facilities include restaurant, bar and function facilities. This $1.8m development further enhances the Ashburton Aquatic Park. Imagine – a wedding or summer celebration in this picturesque setting - there could be no better way to imprint such an event in people’s memories forever.

Lake closures:

Each Tuesday evening beginning October 2, between 5.30-7pm is rowing club night (Lake closed to powered craft)

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Contact: Raewyn McFelin
PO Box: 264
Phone: +64 3 308 9939

Disabled Access: Will be available
Hi Speed Internet: Will be available
Internet Access : Will be available
Restaurant: Opening 20/10/07. To seat 200 pax
More Information:
  • Conference Facilities: Available October
  • Meeting Rooms: 30pax, 2 meeting rooms.

Usage of the lake for powered craft is permitted between 0700 and 2100 hours except on Tuesday evenings when the rowing course takes precedence for training.