Ashburton or Hakatere (Māori) is a large town in the Canterbury Region, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is the seat of the Ashburton District, a territorial authority encompassing the town and the surrounding rural area, which is also known as Mid Canterbury. It is 85 kilometres (53 mi) south west of Christchurch and is sometimes regarded as a satellite town of Christchurch. Ashburton township has a population of 19,850, with an additional 12,400 living in the wider district. The town is the 23rd largest urban area in New Zealand and the third-largest urban area in the Canterbury Region, after Christchurch and Timaru.
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The track passes through plantation areas, natural vegetation, and along the bank of the river. Many varieties of birds can be seen and heard. The walk is a comfortable two-hour walk for families. A further 1.1km stage can be can be undertaken from the top of the lake to the Lake House Restaurant or a further 7km added by circumnavigating the lake.
Alternatively, it will take between half an hour and one hour to cycle the track with almost any type of bike. The trail can be traversed in either direction.
Coniston, formerly the Ashburton Run, was taken up in August 1853 by Henry John Tancred and Sir Thomas Tancred. In 1854, H.J. Tancred sold his share to Rev. J.C. Allen.
The property was cut up into smaller farms in 1877, and the name of the Homestead block changed to Coniston. A brass plaque erected near the homestead commemorates the first church service conducted in Ashburton by the first Bishop of Canterbury, the Rt. Rev. Henry John Chitty Harper in August 1857.
The current homestead, built in 1918, has four guest rooms all with ensuites, offering bed & breakfast accommodation. The first homestead, built in the 1870s, is now the Gardener's Cottage and is available for holiday accommodation. A small building built in 1918 has been shifted to the top of the lake and renovated as a shepherd's cottage, and named Lake Cottage, also available for romantic getaways.
The garden consists of 6.5 acres of woodland, lake and formal gardens. Some of the mature trees were planted from the 1870s onwards, and include gigantic wellingtonias, oaks, elms, cedards ,ashes, kauri and a tree that was planted to mark Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Coniston on the 13th of October 1981.
Coniston Motor Garage houses a collection of vintage and classic cars, and the Granary Museum houses a collection of farm machinery and memorabilia from years gone by.
Currently the farm grows cereal, grass seed and small seed crops, and fattens winter lambs. There is also a small Highland Cattle stud.
The trail is an air of tranquillity and beauty once the township of Ashburton is left behind, the trail meanders through riverside willows and past quiet farmland with the river mouth being an area of dramatic beauty. Along its 19 kilometres the trail has several access points, allowing sections of the trail to be enjoyed individually.
The Ashburton Museum is the leading culture and heritage destination for the Mid-Canterbury region, telling the story of our district from taonga to today.
We want you to be comfortable and have a relaxing stay when you come to Coronation Park. We know how important a friendly welcome is and take pride in offering comfortable, clean facilities to all our guests. We can offer luxury motel accommodation through to modern standard cabins and plenty of campsites. Rest assured you won't get better value for money in Ashburton accommodation than at Coronation Park Holiday Park.
Some things that our guests loved about us are our comfortable, clean rooms we have recieved a 9.1/10and our friendly helpful staff, and our great facilities we have recieved a 9/10. Our accommodation is conveniently located 1 hour South of Christchurch Airport. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and clear your head before you start your holiday or before you prepare to fly home.
The surrounding area is an outdoor mecca offering fishing, climbing, bouldering, walking, tramping, skiing at Mt Hutt, Methven, rafting at Rangitata Rafting, hot air ballooning, sky diving, jet boating and golfing. If you prefer culture, Ashburton has a number of museums, galleries and craft options, including the world-famous Ashford Craft Village and Trotts Gardens.
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