The patchwork plains of Selwyn spread from the foothills of the Southern Alps out to the coast, between the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers.
Most of the district’s population lives on these plains, primarily in the towns of Rolleston, Lincoln, Prebbleton and Darfield.
From the long, straight roads, fields stretch as far as the eye can see. Early Māori found the fertile soils good for growing kumara. Now, farms in the region mostly focus on dairy, beef and sheep farming, as well as growing crops like grains.