Population: 1,985 [2013 Census]
Location: 25 mins west of Christchurch on State Highway 73
Darfield, which is the main town between Christchurch and the West Coast, is often called 'The township under the Nor' West Arch.' This is a reference to the characteristic weather phenomenon which often displays a flat arch of cloud layered above clear sky and mountains to the west of the township.
With splendid views of the Mount Hutt and Torlesse Ranges of the Southern Alps, Darfield serves the Malvern district's arable and pastoral farming area. Whilst it is a gateway to the scenic attractions of the Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers and the alpine splendour of the Southern Alps, Darfield is also a popular lift-off place for hot-air balloons.
The town is home to the Selwyn Gallery - a showcase for the district's arts - and its cafés make it a pleasant destination for a Sunday drive.
Darfield's residents are able to enjoy the pleasures of a traditional rural lifestyle, as well as the attractions of nearby Christchurch.
Darfield Street Map [PDF, 2110 KB] (Printable A3 size)