Events In History

Town 45 km west of Christchurch. Centrally located on the plains, it is an administrative centre. Although isolated Canterbury rural towns are mostly in decline, those within commuting distance of Christchurch, like Darfield, have grown, especially since the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes.

Meaning of place name
The name was given by John Jebson after a place in Yorkshire, England. The original name means Field frequented by deer. It was first known as White Cliffs Junction, then Horndon Junction, which was changed in 1879 owing to confusion with Hornby Junction.