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Selwyn Times: April 27, 2018

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16 Selwyn District Residents' Guide 2018 D ARFIELD Darfield is the largest town in the Malvern Ward, and sits between Christchurch and the Torlesse Ranges on the main road through to the West Coast. With an easy 40 minute commute into Christchurch City centre, Darfield is a popular choice for those wishing to reside in a rural town but have the city’s conveniences close by. Darfield is sometimes known as the town under the Nor’ West Arch due to the weather phenomenon that displays a flat arch of cloud layered above the mountains to the west of the town. Sitting under the Southern Alps, Darfield offers splendid views of the Mount Hutt and Torlesse Ranges. Darfield residents have all they need to live contently in the community, from the busy commercial centre with cafes, bakery, hotel, supermarket, butchers, drapery, haberdashery, tyre centre, fresh fruit and veg, giftware, post service, service station, garden centre and takeaway shops , through to the stores that supply farm and lifestyle block requirements. Darfield and the surrounding areas are also supported by a collection of home business that range from nursery plants and wood turning through to agricultural business and soap making. Darfield’s main street also hosts a Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. Health needs are also looked after with the Darfield Medical Centre, Darfield Dentist, Darfield Pharmacy, Plunket, physio and holistic health and chiropractor. With nursery and preschools, primary school and high school, children’s education is catered for, along with many community facilities such as churches, library, sports clubs, swimming pool and a newly purpose built dance studio. Darfield’s many recreational facilities include sporting facilities such as tennis, squash and netball courts, rugby and football pitches, bowling club and shooting club. Darfield and the surrounding areas host clubs and groups to support the interests of the community, St John’s Cadets, craft, music, seniors club, bridge, sewing, spinning and weaving, youth groups, to name a few. Many walks are available throughout the town highlighting the town’s history such as Tussock Square, the old jail house, War Memorial, stone clock tower or, for the more adventurous, you can try Mc Hugh’s plantation with its walking and mountain bike tracks. In Darfield you truly will find something for all family members whatever their age or ability. There is a St John’s Ambulance crew, police station and rural and urban fire crew situated in the town. DARFIELD AND THE MALVERN AREA Things to see and do SHORT WALKS Coalgate Track walk along the Selwyn River or up to the Bluff Darfield Town Walks, Walkway A & B Glentunnel Millenium Walk Glentunnel Walk to the old coalmine Hororata Domain Walk Kirwee Walk Kowai Bush Walk McHugh’s Plantation, Darfield DISCOVER HISTORY AT Whitecliffs refurbished railway station, Darfield Jail, Tussock Square, all situated in Darfield Glentunnel Museum Terrace Station, St Johns Church, Cotons Cottage and Museum, Hororata Homebush Stables, Homebush De Renzie Brett Memorial, Kirwee Lake Coleridge Power Station Rockwood Farm, Washpen Road Steventon Homestead, Whitecliffs The Point, Snowdon Station, Gunyah , Windwhistle

Selwyn District Residents' Guide 2018 17 H ORORATA EVENTS The rural communities nestled in the Selwyn foothills are filled with passionate and dedicated people who give up their time to run some of the best events in the district. These events are the fabric of the community and make the area a great place to live and visit. Annual events include the Heritage Open Days, Hororata Pig and Possum Hunt, Windwhistle Golf Classic, Malvern Hunt, Hororata Swap Meet, Terrace Station Garden Visits, Homesbush Stables Open Day, Hororata Parish Spring Fair and the Hororata Highland Games. As well as these annual events there are numerus events and festivals which happen throughout the year. New to the calendar in 2018 was the Hororata Night Glow, another example of what these communities can do when they band together. All of these events are made possible by volunteers who give their time to make them happen with many community organisations. The area has many great venues for events including the Lake Coleridge, Glenroy, Hororata and Glenroy Halls. The Hororata Domain is the perfect venue for any event large or small; the cross country course is regularly used for equestrian events. The Hororata Golf Club located in Glentunnel is a wonderful setting for not only golf but with a café soon to be opened, other functions as well. For information on all community events visit www.hororata.org.nz