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Ashburton is located 80 kilometres south of Christchurch, Ashburton District is in the central South Island of New Zealand.  The district enjoys the benefits of having the Pacific Ocean, Southern Alps and the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers all in its region.
The district covers around 6,175 square kilometres with a population of approximately 32,000. The population of Ashburton is forecast to grow by some 6,500 residents over the next 25 years.
Traditionally a sheep and grain growing district, a move to to dairy farming and specialised crops such as seeds has been seen over the last 20 years.
Land-use change, combined with continued growth in primary product processing and rural support sectors, has seen the district’s population grow strongly over the past ten years.
If you are thinking of visiting us and would like to know more click on the Mid- Canterbury page of our website.

(Credit: Ashburton District Council Website)


There are 19 primary schools located throughout Ashburton District, ranging from large to small town or rural.
Ashburton College is a modern co-educational secondary school for years 9 to 13. Mount Hutt College is a
co-educational secondary school which is located in Methven.
Aoraki Polytechnic has a campus in Ashburton offering a wide range of subjects with National Certificates
and Diplomas.

Health Services

Health services in Ashburton District includes both private practices and top quality public facilities.
Ashburton Hospital provides emergency, general surgical and maternity services with a range of in patient, day patient, outpatient and community health services.
Ashburton has an attended base for St John paramedics with Methven providing a volunteer St Johns service. The district has a range of other emergency services, as well as a wide range of health professional, elderly care and child care services.

(Credit: Ashburton District Council Website)

Community and Sports Facilities

Ashburton District offers high quality community and sports facilities:

  • EA Networks Centre – indoor aquatic and sports facility recently built in Ashburton
  • Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre
  • Ashburton Tennis Centre
  • Mid Canterbury Hockey turf
  • Ashburton Trust Event Centre
  • Ashburton Raceway – trotting and gallops
  • Five golf courses
  • Over 200 sports clubs
  • Lake Hood – rowing course, boating, water skiing

(Credit: Ashburton District Council Website)


Ashburton District experiences long hot summers and clear, crisp winters. The seasons are well defined, providing the district with predictable growing seasons that farmers rely on.


Sunshine hours:1900 pa
Rain average:738mm pa
Average day temperatures summer:mid-teens to over 30°C
Average day temperatures winter:low teens
Ashburton Airport- About the Airport

Ashburton Airport occupies over 100 hectares of land located on the outskirts of Ashburton, 5.5km from the town centre. Ashburton District Council owns the airport and leases sites for hangars and airport activities.
Facilities consist of four unsealed runways, one of which is lit to enable night flying. Installation of the lights was undertaken by the Mid Canterbury Aero Club. Onsite fuelling is available from BP services. Avgas is available with the construction of a JetA1 facility about to get underway. (Credit: Ashburton District Council Website)

For aeronautical information of the site visit AIP New Zealand

Ashburton Airport Landing Fees
Hangar Site Leases

There is a good supply of land available, for the construction of new hangars. This land is available to be leased on very attractive terms. For any enquiries to lease Hangar Site(s) please contact Customer Services on 03 307 7700.

Mid Canterbury Aero Club

The Mid Canterbury Aero Club​ provide the operational management of the Airport. They also provide Flight introduction and training services for Private and Commercial pilots Licenses.

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