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Sitting amongst picturesque farming country sandwiched between two lively rivers. The town of Ashburton located in Mid-Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island offers families a safe, adventure filled holiday. With a decorated agricultural history the town is littered with interesting museums. Sparkling clear lakes sprinkled over land strangled by the Rangitata and Rakaia Rivers adds to the region’s natural allure. Challenging trails not for the faint hearted are ripe at the Hakatere Conservation Park presenting visitors with a rewarding experience. So whether you’re fishing for salmon or exploring New Zealand’s largest conservation park, Ashburton has you covered.
The country essence of the area really shines through with the Ashburton accommodation options. Sporting spacious housing and beautiful kiwi-style gardens, these boutique stays really pack a punch. Ashburton accommodation’s 360 degree proximity to the rivers, Hakatere Conservation Park and the Canterbury Bight coastline makes this town second to none when it comes to quiet family holidays. Friendly hospitality in what can only be described as luxury accommodation is the icing on the cake in this New Zealand wonderland. Experience pure peacefulness as you will find yourself nestled comfortably in the midst of undulating mountain peaks tickling the blue sky.
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Strap on your hiking boots and fill up your water bottles because Ashburton is in close proximity to some of the World’s best mountain trails. Only a stone’s throw away from the Hakatere Conservation Park means that one of New Zealand’s greatest natural beauties is right at your doorstep!
Covering almost 60,000 hectares inland from Ashburton is the spectacular Hakatere Conservation Park. The spacious remote nature of the mountainous landscape is nothing short of breath-taking. A unique mixture of snow and ice caked on the imposing mountain tops infused with crystal lakes encapsulates its sheer beauty. You movies buffs can cast your mind back to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy when you visit the upper region of the Rangitata River featured in the award winning film series. The park is also home to a rare species of mountain beech forest amongst others exclusive to New Zealand. With such a picturesque setting cones an ideal place for a wide range of activities.
Regardless of level of hiking experience there will be something for you at Hakatere Conservation Park. In particular Mt Somers is a tourist favourite with its well serviced facilities and challenging trails. Surrounded by such clear scenery all the while breathing in fresh mountain air, embarking on the trails offers a truly soul cleansing experience. The views from the mountain-top presents you with that perfect photo opportunity that you will be showing the grandkids for years! However if going up the mountain is not your cup of tea you can always head to the ski field at Mt Hutt that offer a wide range of skiing activities.
After all the endless hiking and climbing you may feel you need to indulge in less strenuous activity. If sucking on a cold beer or sipping on thirst quenching cocktail at the local pub doesn’t tickle your fancy you can always try your hand at some classic New Zealand fishing. The Rangatata and Rakai Rivers are ideal locations for this as well as numerous lakes residing in the region. With species of salmon prominent in the area, the rivers emerge as a local favourite.
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