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Fairlie is widely known as the gateway to the Mackenzie Country and Mount Cook,
a spectacular combination of alpine lakes and mountain scenery. A place to come
and relax after the hustle of city life and travel.

Fairlie is a small Rural town with one of it's best feature being the people that live there and
nearby. It services a large farming community and still has the small town charm that
has been lost in other areas with so much commercialism It has a number of fabulous
restaurants /cafes and a couple of country pubs An Art Gallery at Kimbell A Historic
woolshed which is open on request Vintage Machinery Museum.

The Fairlie Heritage Museum
Has a large collection of historical items connected with the Mackenzie District.
Large collection of horse drawn wagons and farm machinery, tractors, vehicles,
household items and furnished colonial cottage. Housed in 7 buildings. West of
Fairlie Price $ 2.

An impressive 18-hole golf course near the centre of town is a great way to enjoy
the fresh air and surrondings.Clubs can be hired ( ask at the information Centre )

Easter Monday
Is the Day of the Annual MacKenzie Highland Show which has a great dislay of
all the animals and implements as well as hundreds of trade and craft stalls.

Winter activities

Fairlie becomes a base for the neighbouring ski fields There are 3 skifields less
than an hour away (to the carparks ) Fox Peak, Roundhill & Mount Dobson Ski
Areas all have a great atmosphere and are freindly and family orientated with
enough scope for all levels of skiers. Tow Queues are seldom an issue at these

Fox Peak is one of Canterbury's less-known ski areas, located 34km north of Fairlie
and operated by the Fox Peak Ski Club. Powder snow and valleys stretch for 385ha,
making it as large as Mt Hutt.

Mount Dobson is a 40 minute drive from Fairlie and covers 240ha of skiable country. The access road is 15km long and suitable for both buses and
motorhomes. Chains can be hired from the Ski Shack in Fairlie.

Roundhill is sn easy hours drive frm Fairlie ( ½ hour from Tekapo)
Roundhill is 32km from Tekapo, along the eastern shore of the lake & up our access road to the base area of 1360m
To finish your day at Roundhill you can go Ice-skating or soak in the Hot Spa at the new Winter Park in Tekapo

Summer Actviates

In the summer there is an abundance of walks ,Tramping areas and mountain
bike tracks to choose from.

Opihi Gorge
This 1.5hr circle walking track or mountain bike ride from Fairlie leads you to the
start of the walkway which provides spectacular views of the gorge.

Fishing in the Mackenzie Country
A wild tract of tussock-covered hill country, stretching to the foothills of the Southern
Alps. The region's lakes and rivers offer excellent fishing. Local operators include
Back Country Trout and Mount Cook Fishing Safari.

It is a mecca for those who enjoy fishing with lots of beautiful clean waterways.

Lake Opuha
In early summer is a great area for for boating, fishing and swimming.

There are Maori Rock drawings in the local area.

In day trip distance there is

Aoraki/Mount Cook
New Zealand's highest peak at 3754m is known as Aoraki (cloud piercer) by
The three peaks on the mountain's ridge are best seen from the upper reaches
of Hooker Glacier, but ski planes also land on the Tasman Glacier allowing good

Mount Cook National Park
An alpine region of ice, snow, rock, subalpine scrub, tussock and riverbed. More
than one third of the park is permanent snow and glacier ice, with the mountains
forming some 100 million years ago. The park contains 28 peaks which exceed 3000m.
Skiing is possible on the Ball and Tasman Glaciers.

The Black Stilts (small bird in a breeding programme) at Twizel

The Hydro Dams in the Waitaki Valley

Timaru ,the nearest city is a 40 min drive towards the coast as well as Geraldine
and Temuka.

Futher links

Fairlie website to view more activaties:

Tekapo website to view more activaties:

Ashburton website to view more activaties

Timaru website to view more activates

Futher links for activities:


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By Natalie Callaghan

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