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The Mid-Canterbury area has plenty to offer, including trout and salmon fishing on the Rakaia River, skiing at Mount Hutt in winter, a world-renowned aviation museum as well as local art and crafts shows. From Methven you can go hot-air ballooning, jet boating, parachuting and mountain biking. Walk to historical sites, deep river canyons and native beech forest in the Mount Hutt Forest area and along the Mount Somers Track (former Mount Somers Sub Alpine Walkway).
Our motel is close to cafés, restaurants, the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, Ashburton Domain/Gardens and sports grounds; Ashburton Hospital, Ashburton Golf Club, Lake Hood (10-minute drive, 8km), Ashburton Aviation Museum (3km) and the Ashburton Racecourse.
Once home to a World War II training base, Ashburton has a strong aviation history. There are over 20 aircraft on display in the two museum buildings and more in the workshop.www.aviationmuseum.co.nz
Ashburton's premier venue for live music, theatre and performance.www.ateventcentre.co.nz
One of the top 18-hole golf courses in Canterbury. It offers easy walking, top-quality golfing conditions all year round and is well maintained with full irrigation from tee to green. All visitors are welcome to play the course.www.ashburtongolf.co.nz
The Rakaia River is a one of the best salmon fisheries in New Zealand and the upper reaches are set amidst spectacular scenery. The Rakaia is also an important trout fishery.www.nzfishing.com
Skiing at Mt Hutt is a true alpine experience, with wide open terrain, leg burning runs, and spectacular views.www.mthutt.co.nz
The Mount Somers Track provides a number of options, including easy overnight tramps suitable for kids. Discover impressive rock formations, historic mines and stunning views, linking the popular Pinnacles and Woolshed Creek huts.www.doc.govt.nz