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Ashburton, located a short drive from Christchurch International Airport, is one of New Zealand’s most productive agricultural areas; a truly rewarding holiday destination. Nestled in a simple yet stunning rustic setting, fringed by the majestic Mt Hutt & Mt Somers and the gorgeous Rakaia River, this charming South Island town, is definitely worth a visit.

Holiday activities at Ashburton range from skiing & snow boarding (in winter) to hot air ballooning, horse riding, jet boating, rafting and much more.

Lake Hood with its 7km shoreline, about five minutes from Ashburton is ideal for water-sports enthusiasts. Other places of interest include the Ashburton Vintage Car & Aviation Museums, the Plains Railway and Historical Village and the Lynn Historical Woodworking Trust.

Mainstay Hotels in Ashburton, Canterbury

This conveniently located hotel is only 5 minutes from great shopping and close to a wonderful array of local activities. From golfing, skiing in the winter, boating, ballooning, salmon fishing, bush walking and nationally renowned gardens. Ashburton district offers a lot to the discerning traveller. Our restaurant offers superb A-La-Carte dining and our house bar provides the perfect setting for pre or after dinner drinks. We also have a large conference and function centre. All conference rooms are air conditioned and sound proofed with areas catering for groups from 10 to 400 people. We are big enough to offer all the facilities you need, but small enough to keep it personal. Please note the Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool will be closed April to December inclusive

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