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This is where they quickly discover the heart of the South Island and many of NZ’s most spectacular landscapes – an hour’s easy drive from Christchurch International Airport.
Many visitors know that eventually they will head to Fiordland, Queenstown and the Southern Lakes – so upon leaving Christchurch, they opt for the “Mid Canterbury” route, which leads south.
They base themselves for their first night (or three) in Ashburton – partly out of convenience, but partly because this is where they get to experience true New Zealand heartland and rural hospitality at its best. This is where they find their feet before eventually heading south to the attractions of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown and Central Otago. Many also take the coastal road down to Dunedin, stopping for lunch at the quietly famous “Fleur’s” of Moeraki.
Ashburton is the new gateway for South Island visitors, to the best of NZ. Travellers who want to make it easy on themselves book their first night in New Zealand here- and often end up staying much longer.
After all, it’s here they discover many of NZ’s best-kept secrets.
1. The mighty Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers
2. Lake Hood
3. Mt Hutt
4. High Country Stations
5. Mt Somers
6. Trotts Gardens
7. Aviation Museum
8. Hakatere Conservation Area
9. Edoras at Mt Sunday
10. The Ashburton Café Scene
Ashburton's Bella Vista Motel is situated along SH1 on the north side of Ashburton – and it’s only five minutes’ walk to the town’s best restaurants and cafes. Ashburton’s Bella Vista Motel is your ideal base and a very special place to begin your New Zealand experience. The warm units are double-glazed for your comfort, offering a quiet escape as you plan your holiday adventures. Each unit features:
- High Speed Broadband / Sky Digital TV including Sport One & Two
- Well lit desk space / Alarm Clock LCD TV
- Well equipped with a full set of crockery and cutlery
- Toaster, Electric Jug, Refrigerator,
- Choice of fresh milk, tea, coffee & hot chocolate
- Ensuite with bathroom amenities, hair dryers
- In room Ironing
Your hosts Evan and Heather are known for their warm welcome – they have 12 years’ experience in the accommodation industry,and they look forward to helping you make the most of your time in the South Island. Bella Vista Ashburton has a Qualmark four star-plus rating, as well as Enviro Bronze.
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