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.