Ashburton is ‘big’ town that punches above its weight but has the feel to a visitor of a ‘Christian’ town with very conservative values. No fault with this observation.
Ashburton is slowly and increasingly becoming a dormitory suburb of Christchurch. Ashburton is a strong and proud community and the evidence of the place is everywhere. Gardens, flower baskets and the care of Ashburton's heritage are on display everywhere.
Ashburton covers a quite long north south travel of 5kms and is a flat township without any landmarks. Something the place needs. The town is laid out around two central squares either side of the railway line and main highway, Baring Square East and Baring Square West. The west side being the ‘desirable’ preference.
Ashburton services a primarily wealthy community of all of the necessary services and Christchurch as a provider is a call that is avoided. Shop at home is the Ashburton credo.
Ashburton is a very dry climate and experiences a greater range of temperatures. It is not uncommon to record temperatures greater than 35°C in summer winter will have regular frosts and the potential for a snowfall.
Ashburton is a must visit town