Fairfield, Otago

For the suburb of Hamilton, New Zealand, see Fairfield, Waikato

Fairfield is a suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand.

Coach and Horses Hotel, Fairfield

Fairfield lies in rolling hill country, 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]

Under the 1989 local government reforms, the city of Dunedin and its surrounding region was grouped into a territorial authority called Dunedin City. Under this system, Fairfield is officially an outer suburb within this territorial authority.

Until 2000, Fairfield was located on State Highway 1, but is now on a bypass of the Dunedin Southern Motorway. Fairfield is situated about 11 km (7 mi) west-southwest of the Octagon, Dunedin's city centre.

As of the 2013 New Zealand census (delayed from 2011 due to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake), Fairfield had a population of 2,379 – an increase of 5.0% from the population of 2,275 in the 2006 census.[2] Fairfield accounts for 2.0% of the total Dunedin City territorial authority population.[2]

The local primary school is Fairfield School.

The rare Acanthoxyla prasina, or prickly stick insect, is resident in Fairfield.[3]


  1. ^ Reed, A. W. (1975). Place names of New Zealand. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed. ISBN 0-589-00933-8.
  2. ^ a b "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Fairfield" . Statistics New Zealand. 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Insect poses prickly questions " on Otago Daily Times website, viewed 16 October 2013


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