Location, climate and community facilities make Ashburton appealing to people of all ages, with the largest grouping of adults being in the 35 – 50 age group. The climate in summer is usually hot and dry with temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius on several days during January and February.
Warm, norwesterly winds predominate. The winters can be described as being crisp and bracing. Winter frosts are usually followed by mild, sunny days. The average rainfall is approximately 75 cm per annum, with no distinct rainy period being experienced.