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Ashburton

Ashburton is situated on the East Coast of the South Island, about 85km south of Christchurch.

The Ashburton district offers you the opportunity to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, white-water rafting, skydiving, heli flight and hot air ballooning over the patchwork landscape of the Canterbury plains, 4WD adventures in the high country wilderness, fly fishing in high country lakes and braided rivers, mountain biking, tramping and recreational hunting in the mountain foothills.

The opportunities also extend to more gentle pursuits, such as experiencing a round at one of a number of awesome country golf courses, walking the nature trail, discovering the history of transport and aviation, exploring the local heritage trail, exploring craft markets and art galleries, visiting stunning gardens, participating in farm tours and enjoying the town's traditional rural hospitality.

Ashburton Aquatic Park encompasses Lake Hood and Huntington Park. Lake Hood is a magnificent water sports and leisure park. It boasts 170 hectares of lawns and trees overlooking the international facilities for rowing, water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. There is a separate jet-skiing area. A wonderful round-the-lake walkway, natural wildlife area, fantastic fishing spots and a stunning swimming beach are all to be found in this beautiful environment.

Ashburton has some wonderful and worthwhile museums. The internationally recognised Plains Vintage Railway, Historical Museum and farm worked by vintage machinery and pioneer village. Ashburton vintage car museum displays vintage and veteran cars and historical motoring articles. Lynn Woodwork Museum houses a large collection of woodwork, ornamental turning and ornamental turning lathes. Ashburton Aviation Museum shows classic planes and tells the story of the airfield's role in training World War II pilots.

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