The Nor’West Arch of alpine cloud spans the clear blue sky quite often in Canterbury.  In the still of the morning, giant balloons rise from Darfield. The Alps, the forests, and two great rivers lie below.

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 Spring blossom in Darfield, Canterbury

 Hotel Room Inside Accommodation  © espensorvik via Flickr



Accommodation in Darfield includes cosy B&Bs, motels and backpacker hostels. Classic NZ farm stays and holiday homes are available further in the country.

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 Sally, Briar's Horse Treks, Maketu, Bay of Plenty.  Amelia Norman



Browse through the diverse range of activities on offer in this beautiful area. There are many to choose from, find your favourite!   

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What to do in Darfield

  • Browse the art at Darfield's Selwyn Gallery
  • Snap photos of pretty blossoms in spring or snowy peaks in winter
  • Hire skis or a board and head to one of several nearby ski areas
  • Experience a historic New Zealand homestead
  • Try horse riding or hot air ballooning!

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How do you get to Darfield?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Darfield does not have an air service, but Christchurch International Airport is only around 30 minutes' drive away.
  • Travel by Train
    • Darfield is serviced by the daily TranzAlpine train service between Christchurch and Greymouth.
  • Travel by Bus
    • A few national bus services stop in Darfield, when travelling between Christchurch and the West Coast.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are no rental car options in Darfield. It is advisable to hire a vehicle in Christchurch.