Ashburton, New Zealand

Ashburton is a town on the South Island of New Zealand in the Canterbury region. It is the capital of the Ashburton District. The town has about 16,100 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2004) and is halfway between Christchurch and Timaru.

The city is situated on the main State Highway 1, State Highway 77 branches off from the Ashburton. In the village there is also a connection to the railway Main South Line, which was regularly approached by Southerner, a passenger connection from Christchurch via Dunedin to Invercargill until the connection has been set for reasons of efficiency, on 10 February 2002 and the route since only by freight trains will be busy.

The city is surrounded by the Canterbury Plains, a vast, fertile, at times, however, dry plain, which is used mostly for agricultural purposes. Therefore, the economy in Ashburton is also largely focused on this earnings branch. Also, here is New Zealand's only bus manufacturer DesignLine, its headquarters.

In rivers and the numerous lakes in the Ashburton can be fished, the Mount Hutt ski area is located about 20 kilometers northwest of the town of Methven.


  • John Jerome Cunneen (1932-2010, * in Ashburton ), Bishop of Christchurch
  • Paul Ackerley (1949-2011), field hockey player and coach
  • Jenny Shipley (* 1952 in Gore ), Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1997 to 1999
  • Hayden Roulston (* 1981 in Ashburton ), cyclist
  • Lauren Ellis ( * 1989 in Ashburton ), cyclist