Trip 7: New Zealand, Ashburton: 11 ‎May 2010 …… Post 5

Personal Note: Harriet and I passed from Akaroa through Asburton in our hired camper van to Queenstown in the late afternoon.

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Ashburton is a large town that serves the surrounding farming district. It sits between two major rivers, so fly fishing is the local obsession.

A major service centre for the local farming district, Ashburton sits between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers. When European settlers first arrived here, the area was a dry, tussock-covered expanse with hardly any trees.

Extensive irrigation schemes have transformed the land, and the story of Ashburton’s triumph over drought is told at the town’s main museum (there are six museums in Ashburton, including a vintage railway museum, aviation museum and car museum). Local art and craft galleries provide interesting shopping. Both of the nearby rivers are known for salmon and sea-run trout.