Fairfield, Otago

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For the suburb of Hamilton, New Zealand, see Fairfield, Waikato
Fairfield is located in New Zealand
Coach and Horses Hotel, Fairfield

The quiet suburb of Fairfield lies 10 kilometres to the west of Dunedin CBD, in Otago, southern New Zealand.

Fairfield lies in rolling hill country between Abbotsford and the Taieri Plains, close to the slopes of Saddle Hill and Scroggs Hill. The name Fairfield was originally given as a descriptive name by early European settler William Martin to his farm property, located close to where the town now stands.[1]

Until 2000, Fairfield was situated on State Highway 1, but the construction of a ten kilometre stretch of the Dunedin Southern Motorway (the southernmost motorway in the world) between Caversham and Mosgiel at that time created the Fairfield bypass. Fairfield has a (2001) population of 2010.

The local primary school is Fairfield School.

The rare Acanthoxyla prasina or prickly stick insect is resident in Fairfield.[2]


  1. ^ Reed, A. W. (1975). Place names of New Zealand. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed. ISBN 0-589-00933-8. 
  2. ^ "Insect poses prickly questions" on Otago Daily Times website, viewed 2013-10-16

Coordinates: 45°54′S 170°24′E / 45.900°S 170.400°E / -45.900; 170.400