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Fairlie Travel Guide

The eastern gateway to the rugged Mackenzie Country and Aoraki/ Mount Cook, Fairlie is surrounded by rich green rolling hills and pastures that give way to shimmering high country. Fairlie has a rich agricultural history and every Easter hosts the Mackenzie Highland Show - the largest one day agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere. Graceful old trees add to the town's beauty, giving a wonderful display of blossoms in the spring and rich hues of red and gold in the autumn. The Fairlie Heritage Museum is an interesting stop, housing the old Fairlie Railway Station, historic Mabel Binney Cottage and a large collection of horse drawn wagons and farm machinery.

You can practise your swing at the town’s 18-hole golf course, ice skate at the local rink, go hunting and hiking in the hills, visit a typical working farm, or take advantage of the superb fishing in the rivers and lakes of the Mackenzie Country. Hidden away in the Fairlie Basin, man made Lake Opuha is a great spot for fishing, boating, kayaking and water skiing. In winter, Fairlie is a popular base for winter fun at the Mount Dobson ski areas of Roundhill and Fox Peak.

Geographic Location

Located on the south side of the Opihi River, 62km northwest of Timaru 




Summer average: 20°C
Winter average: 7°C

Average Rainfall