Ashhurst, like Feilding is a dormitory suburb of Palmerston North, but that is where the similarities end. Feilding exuded wealth, whereas Ashhurst is more a typical NZ town. I.e. a basic provision of essential services.

Ashhurst is located at the entry to the Manawatu Gorge that joins the province to the upper Wairarapa. Ashhurst is also the entry pint to visit the Wind Farms from the Palmerston North direction.

The town stands under the Ruahine Ranges, beneath its tallest peak Wharite, upon which is the television and radio transmitter. Also at the Ashhurst Domain (cnr of Cambridge Ave and Napier Road (SH3)), one can view the Ruahine Ranges, the Tararua Ranges and the wind farm.

Ashhurst's importance stems from its location at the western end of the Manawatu Gorge. As such, it is close to the easiest road and rail link between the east and west coasts of the southern North Island.

The Ashhurst Anglican Church has heritage status.

The Ashhurst Hotel is prominent in the main street, and the Ashhurst War Memorial is located in the War Memorial Park.



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course