Ashburton is a large town located a short drive from Christchurch and is situated in the heart of the Canterbury Plains. Ashburton is the hub of the Mid Canterbury's, combining city facilities and vibrancy with smaller town friendliness. You’ll enjoy a nationally recongised art gallery and aviation museum and a relaxing laid-back country atomsphere.
Lake Hood, on the outskirts of Ashburton is a paradise for water enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities including swimming to yachting, boating and waterskiing as well as a range of accommodation in Ashburton. Enjoy coffee or dining at the lakefront restaurant and watch the world go by. more
Top class sporting facilities cater for all codes and include an international-standard hockey pitch, superb tennis courts and challenging golf courses.
The annual Wheels Week in May showcases many heritage attractions that can also be visited year round. Including the Ashburton Vintage Car Museum, the Plains Railway and Historical Village and the Ashburton Aviation Museum.
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Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and escape to Red Cottage in Staveley. Enjoy romantic evenings with open fires, candle light and the warm wooden ambience of this restored historical cottage. Watch the sun set over the surrounding mountains while enjoying local produce and fine wine, after a day of exploring this wonderful area.
Pictured is one of our star attractions, the Harrier 'jump jet'. Ashburton has a strong aviation history, being a training base in World War 2. We have a super-hanger and more than 20 aircraft on display. We're well worth a visit. Get up close and personal with Skyhawk, Tiger Moth, DC3, Flying Flea, Vampire, Meteor, Harvard, De Havilland.
Mobile-friendly - Step back in time and enjoy the elegance of the pre-war era with all the modern amenities. Hemsworth Estate is the respite for the modern world inviting you to relax and enjoy with old-world charm. All rooms feature unique antiques, wireless internet, the best quality linens. A full seasonal breakfast in the dining room is also included.
Mobile-friendly - Situated in the central South Island of New Zealand, Kia Ora Campers offer self-drive, fully-equipped two, four and six-berth motorhomes. Ideal base for exploring the stunning South Island high country lakes, and Mount Cook region. All campervans have hot and cold pressurized water, heater, gas cooker, microwave, fridge, toilet, shower, pillows and towels. Bedding available on request.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Skydiving Kiwis, the newest and by far coolest New Zealand tandem skydiving experience. Located only one and a half hours south of Christchurch, a perfect day trip to South Canterbury awaits you... Established in June 2011 by a small group of highly skilled and extremely passionate 'kiwi' skydivers, collectively boasting over 20 years industry experience between them!
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