Promoting economic growth in our district

Ashburton District undoubtedly has a competitive edge for business, and our ability to attract and retain investment in our district has great flow-on effects for our local economy.

A recent New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report found that our district is actually the sixth most desired one in New Zealand for business. We are optimally located along State Highway One; within close proximity to Christchurch; with rail, airport and shipping port facilities all within reach.

As a Council, we’re very excited to see our business community thrive. We also play an active part in helping to support its growth. In fact, one of the Council’s main contributions to furthering investment in our district, is the Ashburton Business Estate that we developed and continue to manage on the north-eastern side of Ashburton.

The Business Estate offers a wealth of opportunity, not only for companies outside of the district searching for the right place to base themselves, but also for local businesses looking to expand or relocate their operations.

EA Networks, for example moved their operations from the centre of town, to a brand new, purpose built facility in the Ashburton Business Estate. The building is also ‘IL4’ designed, which provides assurance that during and after an earthquake, they will remain fully functional.

Ray Mayne Hose & Fittings Ltd; Kaipak Ltd; McIntosh Group; Precision Cutting & Processing Ltd; Tricroft Holdings; WaterForce; NPD Fuel Stop; Canterbury Long Run Roofing; Fineboon – NZ Dairy Collaborative; Cullimore Engineering; Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra; Fonterra; Replas; Midlands; Midlands Apiaries, Lemacon, Mainland Coachworks Ltd; Active Print & Production, Sebco; and Plains Irrigators also call the fully serviced estate home, and interest in the estate is still continuing.

The 80 hectare commercial and industrial development was officially opened in 2011, providing long-term, sustainable property options that support the enormous potential of our fast-growing and progressive district.

Our hardworking Commercial and Property team are able to work with businesses to find the right solution for their requirements, whether they wish to design and build, or build and lease back. We can also customise the size and shape of the sites to meet specifications, and to top it off, the Ashburton Business Estate has some of the lowest industrial-zoned land prices in the region.

Providing such an attractive development for our business community is a crucial part of promoting economic growth in our district. We want to see our community continue to progress and enjoy the benefits of a prosperous local economy.

If your business is looking for the next strategic step to expand or relocate, contact the Council on 03 307 7700 or email​

Page reviewed: 26 Feb 2019 1:29pm