As you head west from Christchurch
, you'll come across Darfield - a town with amazing views of Mount Hutt
and the Torlesse Ranges. Darfield is close to five different skifields so there are plenty of options if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding. The beautiful Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers are nearby and perfect for fishing - 29 species of fish have been found in the Waimakariri although the most common are salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout.
An exhilarating way to see the surrounding countryside is aboard a hot-air balloon - Darfield is a popular launching area. There are panoramic views across the Canterbury
Plains to the sea and over the towering, snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps. Other activities to enjoy in the Darfield area include horse trekking, jetboating, hunting and golf. There are four golf courses nearby, including the Terrace Downs Golf Resort
- an international course with eight lakes and 70 bunkers.