Hinds is a rural village located on the Canterbury Plains on the south bank of the Hinds River. Hinds has a population of about 250 but the wider Hinds area has a population of around 4,000 living on farms. Named after the Rev. Dr Samuel Hinds, a member of the Canterbury Association who was considered an authority on colonisation. Situated 1.9km south-west of Ashburton on State Highway – the main road stretching the length of the South Island - Hinds is a popular stop-off point for people travelling the road. Hinds is a typical rural village servicing the surrounding area, with a primary school and play centre, village shop, two churches, tavern, community centre, domain to cater for sports and recreation, and swimming baths.