Ashburton is a town and service centre in the Canterbury Region of the South Island, New Zealand; it is located 30 minutes from Methven and 80 minutes from Christchurch.

Within the town there are six museums including a vintage railway museum, aviation museum a car museum and the main museum which tells the story of how Ashburton achieved victory over drought.

There are also plenty of other attractions that visitors would enjoy such as the local art and craft galleries which provide interesting shopping and sports facilities such as tennis courts. Fisherman will love the area as both of the nearby rivers are known for salmon and sea-run trout.

Ashburton History

Ashburton was named after Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton, who was a member of the Canterbury Association by the surveyor Captain Joseph Thomas of the New Zealand Land Association.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

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