Within walking distance of Ashburton Motor Lodge
- Ashburton Racing Club
- Ashburton Trotting Club
- Ashford Craft Village
- Ashburton Showgrounds
- Domain and gardens
- Tavern and liquor centre.
Ashburton also boasts a myriad of museums
- World class aviation museum
- Ashburton Museum and Art Gallery
- Museum of Woodworking and Ornamental Woodturning
- Vintage Car Museum
- The Plains Railway and Vintage Museum.
Ashburton Motor Lodge is easily accessible to
- Ashburton Airport
- Ashburton RSA
- Trotts Garden
- Ashburton Town Centre
- Mt Hutt Skifield.
40 minutes' drive from Ashburton is the internationally famous Mt Hutt Ski Field, which has arguably the best skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand, including world class Heliskiing in the vast mountain ranges.
This 72-hectare man-made aquatic park is sitting on the edge of Ashburton. The large recreational lake provides unbounding leisure time which includes boating and water skiing.
Ashburton has the luxury of having a world class Aviation Museum – containing a Harrier Hawk, Tiger Moth and a Harvard, to name a few well-known planes.
Rakaia and Rangitata River
Rakaia and Rangitata are renowned for salmon in crystal clear waters and for thrill seekers, try rafting or jet boating.
Exhilarating jet boat experiences are offered by Jet Boat Tours, based at the Rakaia Gorge.
This (one way) 19km, 5 hour walk follows the river to the sea, providing a fantastic look at the braided Ashburton River and the local birdlife.
The chapel was built in 1916, relocated to TrottsGarden and now provides a quiet tranquil feel in the garden. A wonderful spot for weddings, the garden is full of peaceful woodland areas.
Ashburton Speedway Association is affiliated to the South Island federation of independent speedway clubs. A wide range of saloon cars, street stocks, mini stocks, youth mini stocks and open wheelers race at Ashburton.
Hot Air Ballooning
Although weather dependent, hot air ballooning is a magical experience, offering peace and tranquillity as you float over the Canterbury Plains, with views right to the Southern Alps.
Sky Diving Kiwis will take you on a magnificent journey from Ashburton, in the heart of mid-Canterbury, on a plane ride to altitude where you will see breath-taking scenery. Then, you'll experience an amazing free fall on your descent back to earth.