Fairlie is the eastern gateway to the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region and provides an almost surreal contrast from its rich, green rolling hills and pastures as they respectfully submit to the grand, open, shimmering upland.

Enjoy Fairlie’s four seasons – vibrant bubbling spring, warm lazy summer, gloriously tinted autumn, and silent snowy winter. Fairlie offers boating and fishing in the rivers and on Lake Opuha, hunting and hiking in the hills, golf on the 18 hole course, and in winter, great skiing and fun at Mount Dobson.

Investigate intriguing history at the Fairlie museum and at Mabel Binney Cottage or visit one of the many local art galleries.

Experience rural New Zealand with a farm visit and stay overnight at one of the many farm stays, or stop in at one of the many local cafes.

In November 2003, a statue of James Mackenzie (19th-century sheep rustler, after whom the region was named) was unveiled on Fairlie’s Main Street.

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