Exploring Darfield’s attractions
by Ann van Engelen
Darfield has a lot to offer travellers and locals alike with many adventures in the area making it a place for relaxing amidst the ever-changing scenery of the district including views of Mount Hutt and Torlesse Ranges of the Southern Alps.
Whilst it is a gateway to the Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers, the town is home to the Selwyn Gallery — a showcase for the district’s arts. The cafes and restaurants, gift stores, and more have something for everyone.
Home of the Willows Cafe Glentunnel, the Hororata Golf Club is referred to as one of the best country courses in Canterbury.
Boasting a magnificent 18 hole, Par 71 course and set on the terraces of the Selwyn River green fee players are welcome with hire gear, clubs, trundlers and carts available.
Ballooning Canterbury offers hot air balloon rides allowing people to escape to a world of peace and tranquillity whilst floating across the changing landscape with panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
Homebush Stables is open by arrangement.
It was established in the 1800s and is a window into our history and pioneering spirit. With buildings made from their own brickworks, an impressive water turbine and water tower — the parklike gardens allow visitors to enjoy the scenes and maybe a picnic.
Washpen Falls is an easy walk with every turn having a varied outlook. The waterfall is a highlight, and the pond near the end is often classed as an appreciated surprise.