Location: 45 mins west of Christchurch via State Highway 73 and Bealey Road
Hororata township stretches around the base of Hororata Downs. The Maori translation of Hororata - means "drooping rata", after the large number of rata growing in the district.
The fine stone Anglican Church of St John's Hororata was built with assistance from Ex-Premier of New Zealand, Sir John Hall. The Hall family were also generous in their donations towards the Hororata Reserve, and this attractive area is a delightful place for a family picnic.
Coton's Cottage at the eastern entrance to the township, is a renovated sod cottage, similar to the many built by early settlers who had no easy access to timber.
Situated on the most direct route to skifields south of the Rakaia River, Hororata today is a popular stopping place in the season for Christchurch-bound ski traffic.