Discovering Darfield town
by Ann van Engelen
Darfield is the gateway to Selwyn’s natural playgrounds attracting both national and international visitors with its cafes, accommodation, gallery and shops.
Darfield becomes a bustling town as people take a break on their way to various destinations including the six ski fields Selwyn has to offer.
Fine dining and accommodation is available at The Oaks of Darfield; whilst situated in the heart of the township the Darfield Hotel boasts recently refurbished facilities. The themed bar and grill has an extensive ‘BackCountry’ menu and rooms to stay. Meanwhile, located off the Inland Scenic Route SH77, the Whitecliffs Domain is a seasonal, picturesque place to camp.
Visiting the old jail on the main street is a must for those who like to see how things were in the days gone by and for a modern twist, make sure you visit the Millennium project in Tussock Square. With railway tracks running through the middle of the town a magnificent series of thirty bronze plaques have been crafted to depict the history of Darfield and its surrounds. Two local walks start and finish at the Clock Tower giving a good sense of the town and can be completed in approximately one hour.
Follow the green posts with red markers to discover what the town is all about and enjoy the many shops along the way including the garden centre, which has a variety of plants and gifts on offer.