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Ashburton Attractions

Academy Lodge Motel is located close to the central shopping area, where you will find great shopping, cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets:

  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Centre
  • Ashburton Event Centre
  • Ashburton Domain/gardens and sports grounds
  • Ashburton Hospital
  • Ashburton and Tinwald Golf Club
  • Tinwald Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum
  • Lake Hood, 10-minutes drive (9km)
  • Ashburton Aviation Museum (5km)
  • Ashburton Racecourse (1km)

Tinwald Plains Vintage Railway

Located inside the Tinwald Domain. Train travel must be the most romantic and relaxing form of travel ever created. Add a touch of old-world elegance in the form of an Edwardian-era train and top off with a steam locomotive straight out of New Zealand's pioneering past and you've got it all.

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The Plains Vintage Railway

Regent Cinema

Located in Cnr Cass and Wills Streets, Ashburton - showing many of the most up-to-date films from around the world. Full surround sound, fully air-conditioned and heated with comfortable seating ensuring a memorable and enjoyable viewing experience. The Regent Cinema also provides fundraising options for sports clubs, schools, service groups and other organisations.
Phone: +64 3 307 1230

Regent Cinema

Ashburton Aviation Museum

Located in Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road, Ashburton. From the Past - For the Future...Ashburton Aviation Museum tells the story of the important role the airfield played in training 1192 pilots to serve our country and its allies during World War II. A large model of the station in its heyday clearly depicts the scale and importance of this period in the history of Ashburton's airfield.

View Asbhurton's Commemorative Tiger Moth, paying tribute to the instructors, students and the DH82a Tiger Moth type, in which so many of our wartime air crews received their basic flying training. Marvel at an early flight simulator commonly used, the famous Link Trainer.
Phone: +64 3 308 6408

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Ashburton Aviation Museum

Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Located 211a Wills Street, Ashburton - the success of your next conference or event will be assured with our state-of-the-art facilities. The Ashburton Trust Event Centre is fast gaining a reputation for its brilliant design and ease of use for a variety of events.

The Centre was built using the latest technology and is a totally modern complex. It lends itself to tremendous ease of use and efficient operation. The Ashburton Trust Event Centre provides for up to 500 people in the purpose-built O'Reilly Auditorium.
Phone: +64 3 307 2010

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Ashburton Trust Event Centre

NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

Located 160 Main Street, Methven - this modern, purpose-built facility is home to conference and event facilities, Heritage Café, Methven i-SITE, Methven Art Gallery and New Zealand’s Alpine & Agriculture Encounter. Located in central Methven, this is a great place to visit on your travels.

The purpose-built Encounter brings to life the stories of the mountains, plains and the people who live there, through a modern, multi-media/interactive approach.Experience being in a combine harvester, operate a digger, explore a snow-cave or check out a heritage ski film in the theatrette. Hear the stories of alpine rescue workers, snow makers and ski patrollers or learn about mid-Canterbury’s seed growing and dairying, and spin some merino wool.
Phone: +64 3 302 9666

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New Zealand’s Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

Mt Hutt Ski Area

Located in Methven Snow Centre, 94 Main Street, Methven. High in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt is firmly linked to the pioneering tradition of the region’s high country. A vast mountain with 472 hectares of diverse terrain, Mt Hutt is relaxed, friendly, challenging and exciting.

Mt Hutt’s lift and trail system was extensively redeveloped in 2005 resulting in the best lift and terrain mix in the South Island. Improvements include more snowmaking, a new ski shuttle service from Methven and an information booth.
Phone: +64 3 302 8811

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Mt Hutt Skiing