About Ashburton

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crusader_boyAshburton, the agricultural ‘capital’ of the Ashburton District. With a population of 15,800 Ashburton is the largest of several small towns linking this beautiful region which boasts a total population of 25,180.

Historically, the first settlements sprang up in the 17th century around the Hakatare River (later renamed Ashburton). It is thought that the East Coast rivers were used by the early Maori to reach Moa hunting grounds. It was Lord Ashburton, a member of the Canterbury Association whom Ashburton was named after.