Discover South Canterbury
Fairlie is the eastern gateway to the Mackenzie District with a population of around 800 people, located just 45 minutes drive inland from Timaru at the junction of SH 8 and SH79 Inland Scenic Route (between Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Queenstown).
The area is anchored in strong farming and agricultural roots. Today tourism and hospitality contribute to this diverse community. Lake Opuha is minutes from the town centre for boating and fishing, along with many walk and bike tracks. Mt Dobson, Fox Peak and Roundhill ski fields are all within easy driving distance.
A statue of James Mackenzie (19th century sheep rustler, after whom the District is named) stands proudly in Fairlie’s main street amongst contemporary art galleries, boutique retail and produce shops lining the main street and Bobby’s Square. Home to the Mackenzie Agricultural & Pastoral Show held each Easter Monday since 1899, attracting around 8,000 visitors from around the world to this small rural town.
Explore the heritage museum and Joseph Binney the blacksmith’s cottage, vintage motor and horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment. Cafes and local produce including the mouth-wateringly famous pies and delicacies at The Fairlie Bakehouse.
Mackenzie Highland Show
Established in 1899, one of the oldest and largest agricultural & pastural shows in New Zealand, held every Easter Monday at Mackenzie A&P showgrounds, Fairlie. Family fun day out.
Fairlie Heritage Museum & Café
Open 7 days, this fascinating museum has three memorabilia elements – rural heritage, motor heritage, and the Mackenzie District archive. It’s fourth element is a GREAT café!
Local government, manufacturing, engineering, farming and rural support businesses stand alongside the many tourism and hospitality businesses that make up Fairlie and the surrounding area.