Ashburton - Ideal stopover for onward travel or great getaways
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Bella Vista Motel Ashburton


Michelle and Paul welcome you to Bella Vista Motel Accommodation Ashburton.

This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.

Ashburton is the hub of the Mid-Canterbury district and the perfect base for your adventures. From the moment you arrive, you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Ashburton town centre for business, shops, entertainment and other activities. At our Motel in Ashburton we cater for all your business or recreational needs.

We are easy to find on the main road into Ashburton, just an hour's drive from Christchurch. Ashburton is the perfect stopover point for travelling north or south, to or from the West Coast, and an ideal journey break for the long distance to Queenstown, Invercargill or Picton. Our Motel in Ashburton is just 50 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.

We have ample safe free parking so you can leave your car, avoid parking issues, walk to work or explore.

Our superior smoke-free Ashburton accommodation includes a variety of studios and one-bedroom units. The purpose-built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for those cooler nights.

Wireless internet is available with a spacious work desk in every room. Units vary from just tea and toast-making facilities to those with cooking facilities. We offer continental breakfasts and evening meal charge-back facilities, dine-in or dine-out.

Our Motel in Ashburton is a pet-friendly Ashburton accommodation option although do contact us in advance to discuss your requirements.

You can be assured of a warm welcome at Bella Vista Motel Ashburton where we will assist you in every way possible.

Contact us for more information on availability, rates and rooms at Bella Vista Motel Ashburton.

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Pet Friendly Accommodation Ashburton 

Bella Vista Ashburton welcomes pets and a couple of carefuly selected rooms. Please check with us first to ensure we can accommodate your extra family members.

Ashburton Wedding Accommodation at Trotts Garden

Bella Vista Ashburton is the perfect location to stay for Trotts Garden Weddings.  Click our on the Ashburton Deals tab for more information.

Distances from Our Ashburton Motel

Christchurch International & Domestic Airport 60mins
Shops & restaurants 5mins
Trotts Garden 3km
Mt Hutt Ski Field 55mins
Lake Hood 10km
Ashburton Events Centre 1.8km
Aquatic Centre 7mins
  • At a glance
  • Check-in 2.00pm

    Check-out 10.00am

    Office hours 7.30am to 9.00pm

  • On-site parking Free parking on-site. EV charger available for a small fee.

  • Breakfast service Continental breakfast available

  • Available on request Interconnecting rooms, cot, high chair & conference room for up to 10 delegates, The Press newspaper

  • Value adds Free WIFI, Plunger Coffee, BBQ, Pet Friendly, Guest Laundry, Bella Vista Rewards Loyalty Scheme

  • Email

  • Address 469 West St, Ashburton

  • Phone +64 3 307 7505


Room Options

Room Options

Compact Queen Studio

Compact Queen Studio

Ground floor and upstairs studios. Queen bed, ensuite shower, heated towel rail, hair dryer, tea/coffee and toast making facilities, cutlery & crockery, refrigerator, electric jug, electric fan heater, radio alarm clock, Free Wifi, electric blanket, telephone. Some rooms with garden views. This room is not suitable for cooking meals.

  • 16 m2
  • 1
  • 2
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Superior Studio

Upstairs and ground floor studios, (some with access facilities) featuring either King or Queen beds, ensuite shower, heated towel rail, hair dryer, kitchenette with microwave, cutlery & crockery, refrigerator, electric jug, electric fan heater, radio alarm clock, telephone, Free Wifi, Sky TV, electric blanket.

  • 20 m2
  • 1
  • 2
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Queen & Single Studio

Upstairs unit, Queen bed and single bed, ensuite shower, heated towel rail, hair dryer, kitchenette with microwave, cutlery & crockery, refrigerator, electric jug, electric fan heater, radio alarm clock, Free Wifi, telephone, Sky TV and electric blankets.

  • 20 m2
  • 2
  • 3
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1 Bedroom Apartment

Ground floor or upstairs apartment, King bed in living room with 2 x single beds in separate bedroom. Spa bath and separate shower, heated towel rail, hair dryer, table & chairs, armchairs, fully equipped small kitchen, electric fan heater, radio alarm clock, telephone, free WiFi, Sky TV, electric blankets. This room can be set up as a meeting room if required. A two bedroom unit (max 7) may be available with interconnecting door to next unit. This option is on request and only when booking directly with the motel.

  • 37 m2
  • 4
  • 5
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Two Bedroom Apartment

Upstairs or ground floor apartment comprising of one Compact Queen Studio interconnecting with a 1 Bedroom Unit. Can be configured for either 6 or 7 persons. This option is on request and only when booking directly with the motel.

  • 53 m2
  • 4
  • 7


  • 18 superior fully serviced motel accommodation units,
  • Double glazed, quiet, warm, motel units,
  • Eco friendly accommodation using ENJO cleaning products
  • Free WIFI (1gb)
  • Fast broadband internet access from your motel room
  • Type 2 EV Chargers
  • Wheelchair Access motel units
  • Interconnecting motel accommodation units
  • Executive & family motel units (full cooking facilities)
  • Studio motel units with microwave kitchenettes
  • DVDs & DVD player available
  • All motel accommodation designated non smoking
  • Complimentary morning paper for all motel units & suites
  • Modern guest laundry
  • Guest sunny outdoor seating and BBQ area
  • Continental breakfast available
  • Portable cot / high chair available
  • EFTPOS & major credit card facilities
  • Type 2 EV chargers. Please pre-book.

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

For more local info – email or give us a ring

History and adventure are part of the fabric of Mid-Canterbury where Ashburton is located, delivering the perfect balance of natural, historical and indulgent experiences. Ashburton is a large town that serves the surrounding farming district. It sits between two major rivers, so fly fishing is the local obsession.

Rangitata River Rafting

Set against a dramatic gorge, the Rangitata River is renown as one of the best spots for white water rafting in New Zealand. Just over an hours drive from your Ashburton accommodation, you can launch yourself down the thrilling grade two to five rapids. Lunch is included or a BBQ dinner. All equipment is provided for your day out.

Ashburton Museum

Learn the stories, history and stories of Ashburton, from early years through to today.

Smithfield Berries

Over the fruit season (summer months) Smithfield berries is a come along and Pick-Your-Own (or buy pre-picked) berries.  The location is close to town and when you get there you’ll enjoy quality, large berries that are delicious to eat.

Ashburton Aviation Museum

For those interested in aviation history, this museum boasts a large collection of military and commercial aircrafts. You’ll learn the story and explore freely the aircraft with the ability to look inside cockpits etc. This is only 5 minutes drive from our Ashburton accommodation. Check opening times.

Ashburton Domain

A picturesque domain located close to the city centre – 37 hectares of gardens, lawns, a duck pond, playgrounds etc. You can easily fill in a few hours wondering around this large open space.

Ashburton Golf Club

Located only 1km north of town, this 18-hole course is one of the top courses in the Canterbury region. Well-maintained greens make this course enjoyable to play all year round.

Trotts Garden

This awarded “Garden of International Significance” is a magical place to visit. Vist the Woodland Garden, Bog Garden, and Formal Garden with chapel. It’s easy to see the love and energy put into this beautiful space by the owners. This is only 5 minutes drive from our motel in Ashburton.

Air Rangitata Scenic Flights

A well respected scenic flight provider with various South Island flight options including Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier or the Southern Alps.

Ashburton Walks

A number of beautiful walks are located within the Ashburton area. Check out Lake Clearwater Circuit Track, Lake Hill Track, Lake Emily to Stour Bridge, Mt Potts Easement Track, plus lots more

Skydiving Kiwis

With views out over the mountains, rivers, Pacific Ocean and Canterbury Plains, and a fantastic safety record, Ashburton is fun skydiving location for the adrenaline junkies.

Ashburton Art Gallery

A fantastic public art gallery dedicated to experimentation, innovation and engagement in art. The art gallery is only 3 minutes drive from our Ashburton motel accommodation.


Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa

Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa is the latest wellness destination in Methven Canterbury, an enjoyable 45 minute drive from Bella Vista Ashburton Motel. Arrive and be transported to your own oasis in our beautiful facility, experience something new with the incredible solar powered pools. Packages to suit adults and families.

Mount Sunday - Visit Edoras

Mount Sunday is located in the Hakatere Conversation Park on Mount Potts station. The park is situated in a large conservation area with mountains and untouched nature, but be prepared to drive the 20km gravel access road. More recently famous made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Edoras, the fortress city of Rohan, Mt Sunday is accessible via Hakatere Potts Road, inland from Mount Somers. Drive time is just over 90 minutes. Guided tours also operate from Methvan.

The Plains Vintage Railway & Museum

Only running on specific days (check out their website for further information) Come along and check out the exhibits and operational vintage trains, only 11 minutes from our motel in Ashburton.

Erewhon Station Horse Stud

An impressive 35,000 acre station is where you can head along for a Clydesdale horse experience you won’t forget. There are various options available from 1-hour wagon rides upwards.

CharRees Vineyard

A small boutique vineyard south of Ashburton - head along to the cellar door for tastings and purchasing options, check website for hours.

Ashburton Farmers Market

Located at West Street Car park, this local farmers market is held every second Saturday, rain or shine from 9 – 12.

Lake Hood

Two and a half km in length, Lake Hood is an aquatic playground for the whole community – enjoy yachting, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, or a picnic on the shore.

Ashburton Harness Racing Museum

A wonderful insight into harness racing in NZ, with a large collection of memorabilia, displays and historic images etc, open most Tuesdays and race days.

Ashburton Aquatic Centre

A fantastic indoor pool facility for the whole family, featuring four pools, spa, steam room, toddler pool and modern changing facilities.

Ballooning Canterbury

Enjoy a sunrise like no other across the Canterbury Plains aboard one of Ballooning Canterbury's graceful balloons. With views from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps this is a ride like no other. A short 45 minutes drive from our Ashburton accommodation will position you ready for take-off.

Bella Vista Ashburton will happily offer local advice on any of these activities and will gladly facilitate complimentary reservations should an activity require a booking

Gallery Deals


Ashburton offers a great stop off point whether you are travelling North or South.   You may be taking a quick overnight stop, booking a night to enjoy the delights of Lake Hood, the mid-Canterbury scenery or even taking a ski trip to Mount Hutt.  Whatever your reason for staying, Bella Vista Ashburton has got a great deal delivering you some good old fashioned Kiwi hospitality. There are a number of bars and eateries close to the Ashburton Bella Vista all offering excellent fare but take our advice and keep it simple.  You can't go much further than the Phat Duck Brew Bar & Kitchen.


10% Off Food & Beverage at Phat Duck Brew Bar & Kitchen


Well priced and an absolute favourite with Ashburton locals. To secure your 10% discount, be sure to show your Bella Vista key-fob when you arrive at the bar.


Discounted Accommodation for Wedding Guests at Trotts Garden

A garden of international significance and a gem on the doorstep of Bella Vista Ashburton, Trott's Garden is a popular wedding venue location.  

If you are arranging or attending a wedding at Trotts Garden, we will gladly host you and your guests.  Bella Vista Ashburton’s location makes it easy for family and guests to taxi to Trotts Garden - only four minutes away by car.  We have a variety of rooms to suit all your needs, including family apartments with interconnecting doors for larger families, access studios, superior and twin studios.

Trott's wedding guests receive a dedicated 10% off our Standard Flexi-Rate when booking direct on the Bella Vista website with a dedicated promo code.  Visit the Trotts website to obtain the latest code and then book using the booking bar above or below.

We look forward to hosting your party on the special day.

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Bella Vista Ashburton & Opuke Pools

Combine your Bella Vista experience with an enjoyable visit to the very popular Opuke Pools.

The Tranquility Pools Package offers an adult-exclusive experience, soak and unwind surrounded by stunning views of Mt Somers, Mt Alford and Mt Hutt snowcapped mountains. Enjoy pool-side canapé & beverage service. Bookings available in 2 hour sessions times.

Subject to  availability, book early to avoid disappointment .  Price is for 2 adults including 1 nights accommodation in a 4 star qualmark motel Superior Studio with a King bed, ensuite bathroom with excellent water pressure, microwave kitchenette. Double glazing for warmth and quietness.

Come and enjoy true  rural  friendly hospitality. At the end off the day Ashburton provides several high quality food, service and delicious dining experiences.

The booking sessions for the pools are 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm.  Please indicate your preferred time in the 'Special Request' box in the booking form or we will contact you once you have confirmed your accommodation booking to arrange a time.

Opuke Pools Bella Vista Ashburton


The Discover Opuke Pools Family Package allows you to reconnect with your family and find your inner child with the crazy river and leap of faith plunge pool and enjoy the iconic star lit caves. When you enter this building you feel the warmth that is generated from the solar panels which makes you relax and have a wonderful experience. You can also enjoy a bite or drink at the cafe afterwards. Visits are set wihtin 2 hour session times, so bookings are essential.  Your price includes:  2 Adults , 3 children  including 1 nights accommodation in a 4 star Qualmark Family Apartment with King bed, full kitchen, dinning area and in a separate bedroom, 3 single beds - plus *One Child Stays Free*

The booking sessions for the pools are 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm.  Please indicate your preferred time in the 'Special Request' box in the booking form or we will contact you once you have confirmed your accommodation booking to arrange a time.

Opuke Pools Ashburton



Our Story

Our Story

Introducing your hosts, Paul & Michelle

Michelle and Paul warmly welcome you to Bella Vista Ashburton, where we and our dedicated team strive to ensure you are comfortable and have everything you need while away from the home.   Paul is a keen fisherman and knows its best fishing spots, enjoys a motorbike ride and jumping off hillsides- paragliding.  Michelle lives and breathes for the Great Outdoors, loves a challenge or two competing in adventure racing, mountain biking, tramping and rogaining. 

On your arrival you will be welcome with authentic rural town friendless, a helpful I can do approach and together they love to share their knowledge of Mid Canterbury with you. 

Ashburton, Canterbury - Your Destination

Ashburton is considered the heart of Mid-Canterbury: Hakatere.  It is the bustling hub of Mid-Canterbury known as the South Island “food basket” for Maori Iwi who came here to hunt and gather food. Nothing has changed! 

The town is the center of an agricultural and pastoral farming district on the tapestry like Canterbury plains. From the moment you arrive you’ll be near the Ashburton town center for business, high quality shopping, eclectic cafes and restaurants. Other points of interest would be the Aviation Museum, Trotts Garden, Ashburton Domain, The River Mountain bike track and Lake Hood.  For the more adventurous, right on our doorstep is Mt Sunday, the location for Lord of the Rings. Mount Hutt Ski Field is Canterbury’s very own big mountain and only 55 minutes’ drive from Ashburton. Mount Hutt Bike Park offers several trails for different levels of riding. The popular Opuke Hot Pools, ice-skating rink at Staveley and Mt Somers walkway are a must do. The drive up to Hakatere Conservation Park or Rakia Gorge is also spectacular with plenty to see.  

Ashburton is a great location to stop and stay as its very central and not far to your next adventure. Break the journey with us in Mid Canterbury. We are just 1 hour drive south of Christchurch International Airport. 

Our Community Involvement 

Michelle is a member of the Tourism Advisory group helping the Ashburton council and Experience Mid-Canterbury boost the local economy and enhance the community, working on more collaboration to promote the district. Bella Vista was a finalist in the Ashburton Business of the Year awards in 2022, celebrating business in Mid-Canterbury and getting recognition for the hard work and excellence in running a small business. 

We provide various different sponsorship to our community and free accommodation, such as that given to support the Glow in the Park Ashburton event and the Ashburton A&P Show. 

We are committee members for the Clearwater and Lake Hood Aquatic Club where we support our daughter in water-skiing competitions and help with running the event on the day, often donating a room giveaway for national tournaments. We support the local Ashburton Golf club and hold golf tokens for Ahsburton Bella Vista guests to collect, so they can have a swing at the driving range. 


Our Sustainability Practices 

At Bella Vista Ashburton we aim to reduce our impact on the environment, it’s the right thing to do, so it’s preserved for future generations. As a part of this community, we want to actively contribute and play our part in protecting our environment. 

We proudly operate our business in a way that considers our responsibilities to sustainable tourism and committing to the Tiaki Promise. We do this by striving to minimize and reduce energy consumption, reduce chemical use, remove plastic bags, recycle as much as we can and remove food waste from going to land fill. 

You can help by supporting our towel change agreement, switching off lights, heating and TV’s when you are leaving. We give you the opportunity to separate your rubbish and recycle by using the bins in your rooms or by the cloths line, thus reducing the amount of waste going to landfills. 

We hope to soon have a better food waste management system with the help of the Ashburton Council, so watch this space.  We use bathroom amenities and corn starch bin liners that truly are an environmental solution to the problem of single use plastics. 

Managing our company’s Carbon Footprint and reducing carbon emissions is a commitment to a sustainable future and reaching our goal of being carbon neutral and the most sustainable and environmentally motel in Ashburton. Measuring our footprint helps us understand what is creating carbon output and allows us to think of ways to reduce it. I’m now discovering which parts of my business have the highest impact and comparing results over time. 

Part of our commitment is to provide a healthier, safer environment for our guests by eliminating up to 90% of chemicals through the ENJO cleaning system. These products last well, reducing plastic bottles sitting around and a build up off chemicals used in the rooms. We're very proud that we have invested in a quality product and has lest impact on our environment and health. 

Bella Vista Ashburton is a 4 star Qualmark rated property and awarded Silver under the Sustainable Business criteria. 

We look forward to hosting you.



  • 15 minutes drive from your Ashburton motel accommodation to Lake Hood.
  • Close to all Ashburton amenities
  • 50 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport
  • One hour drive to Mt Hutt Skifield
  • Restaurants and cafes within 600 metres of your motel

469 West St, Ashburton

+64 3 307 7505

[email protected]

Travel distances in kilometres to Ashburton

  • From:
  • Blenheim 391 kms
  • Christchurch 88 kms
  • Dunedin 273 kms
  • Fox Glacier 432 kms
  • Franz Josef Glacier 409 kms
  • Greymouth 271 kms
  • Hanmer Springs 215 kms
  • Hokitika 275 kms
  • Invercargill 479 kms
  • Kaikoura 262 kms
  • Mosgiel 287 kms
  • Nelson 496 kms
  • Oamaru 160 kms
  • Queenstown 398 kms
  • Te Anau 556 kms
  • Wanaka 340 kms
  • Westport 371 kms


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