Ashburton is the heart of the rich mid-Canterbury farming area. The town's tidy tree-lined streets and lovely parks and gardens reflect the region's prosperity. Ashburton has good shopping, as well as craft galleries, a museum and an art gallery. Ashburton district offers magnificent scenery and a host of outdoor and adventure activities. Majestic mountains, the sprawling Canterbury Plains and rivers of crystal clear water provide a spectacular setting for trout and salmon fishing, climbing, skiing, tramping, whitewater rafting, skydiving, hot air ballooning and mountainbiking. Tour a garden or enjoy a round of golf in the clean Canterbury air. Nature lovers can tackle the Ashburton Walkway, a 19km five-hour walk (one way) that follows the river out to the sea. It provides a fascinating look at the braided Ashburton River and its birdlife, including the black-billed gull, wrybill plover and black-fronted tern.