The Ashhurst Domain
The Ashhurst Domain is a native flora reserve, with a sheltered family picnic area, a BBQ shelter, a children's playground including a flying fox, walking tracks through open park land, around the sports fields, through mature native bush and and down a trail to the Manawatu River beach where S.H. 3 crosses it, and access to where the Pohangina River joins the Manawatu River.
Here you will see and hear the Bellbird, Fantail, Tui, Wood Pigeon, Pukeko, Silver eye and numerous introduced birds - Ducks, Geese, Paradise Ducks, Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Grey Warbler, Magpie, Blackbird, Thrush and Rosella to name a few. A restored wetland to the north east is easily viewed from a viewing platform, with good views of the Ruahine Rangers. If you need help identifying any bird or tree species, ask the Domain staff. There are noticeboards in a few places that also have this information.
The domain is also a popular area for people walking their dog. Remember to keep you dogs under control. The Ashhurst Kennel Club uses the grounds beyond the northern end of the Domain.
The Ashhurst Model Aero Club uses the river flats below the Domain, by the Pohangina River.
A 12 point Caravan / Camping ground is available - contact the Ashhurst Domain staff if you want to use one.
The Ashhurst Cemetery is also located in the domain, reopened after a dispute with the PNCC,who decided it was no longer needed by the residents. Thanks to those who lent their support in keeping this open.
This year, the Palmerston North City Council is re-constructing and resurfacing the entrance road and car parking area, including a bus turnaround and parking space, new footpath access and stone wall in front of the cemetery and new planting and gardens.
Sports grounds include facilities for Rugby, Soccer and Cricket, with sports changing facilities available for teams. These fields are often used when the sports fields in Palmerston North are too wet to use.
The changing sheds also have a viewing platform looking towards the Tararua Wind farm, with information about the Tararua turbines. The changing facilities have murals on them, painted by a local artist. Click here to view them :
The Cafe Domain was burnt down some time after 1.00 am on Wednesday 26th January, 2011. Police and Fire service personnel are investigating and treating it as Arson. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/4581734/Sixth-suspicious-fire
The new Cafe Domain opened here in 2005 (by the late Stewart Whitten). Good food, hot coffee, with good views of the Ruahine Range Te Apiti wind farm and the restored wetlands. The old Ashhurst Jockey Club changing shed, next to and part of the Cafe, is now used as a small bar, with old Historic photographs hanging on the walls. The Cafe Domain business is currently for sale.