Mayfield, a farming village, nestled near the Mid Canterbury foothills, home to about 200 people, but service centre to many cropping, dairy, sheep and beef farms. With nearby mountains, Mayfield, no matter the season, has views, and it's worth a drive around the area to take in the Canterbury plains rolling into the foothills and the mountains standing tall behind.
The first farmers who settled in Mayfield in the 1800s were tough and innovative. The river-bed and glacial land was a challenge to farm and required new techniques and robust gear. That determination plays out today with some of Mid Canterbury's leading farmers and agri-business founders getting their starts in Mayfield.
When calling into Mayfield, you can visit Overflow, the shop which, true to its name, sells secondhand goods, sourced by Jan Howden, whose shop also overflows … it now incorporates three sites and is still expanding. And after the bargain hunting, the Mayfield Tavern or the Udder Dairy may beckon. Fuel and a full garage are available during the week at the Mayfield Service Centre.
The community and passers-by are well served by the Mayfield Domain which has public toilets and welcomes campervans. The domain is home to rugby, netball, tennis, squash, a small bore rifleshooting range, a playcentre, a memorial hall and an outdoor swimming pool which is popular during the summer months.
Every March, the domain and showgrounds are transformed for the Mayfield A&P Society's Show. A major drawcard of the show is the racing pigs, who are trained to sprint, jump and negotiate the obstacles around a custom-made ring.
For those keen on golf, Mayfield Golf Club is a well-kept nine-hole course on Bulls Road, five minutes from the village.