Fairlie is a service town in the Mackenzie District of the Canterbury region of the South Island, New Zealand ; it is located 48 kilometres from Lake Tekapo.

There is a lot of attractions in close proximity of Fairlie such as several ski fields which are great for skiers and snowboarders and Lake Opuha which is popular for boating and fishing. If staying overnight try a farmstay to really get the feeling for life on a high country sheep station.

Another attraction is the Raincliff Historic Reserve which a great unique location to experience Maori heritage and to see Maori rock art. Also local artists and potters of Fairlie provide craft buying opportunities.

Fairlie History

Fairlie was founded in around 1865 and was originally called Fairlie Creek. The railway from the port at Timaru was finally extended to Fairlie in 1884 and ran until 1968. The Fairlie Flyer train is now housed in Pleasant Point and is regularly fired up for tourists and enthusiasts to ride.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

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