The township of Balfour is built around farming and is a small rural town. Balfour is situated in the heart of the South, and is the gateway to Fiordland and the lakes. Central to four great fishing rivers (Matarua, Oreti, Waikaia and Waimea all within 20km) and four golf courses within 20 km. Milford Sound and Southern Scenic Route can be done as day trips from Balfour.