Fairlie, New Zealand

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A cast sculpture mounted on a boulder. The sculpture depicts a long haired and bearded man, dressed in a shirt and trousers and carrying a staff. By his side is a sheep dog. Both the man and the dog are facing right. A brass plaque is on the boulder reading "James MacKenzie & dog
A statue of James Mckenzie and his dog, in the centre of the town
Fairlie is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 44°06′S 170°50′E / 44.100°S 170.833°E / -44.100; 170.833Coordinates: 44°06′S 170°50′E / 44.100°S 170.833°E / -44.100; 170.833
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Mackenzie District
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 717
Time zone New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+13)
Postcode 7925
Website http://www.mackenzie.govt.nz/

Fairlie is a Mackenzie District town located in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a service town 48 kilometres from Lake Tekapo whose main economic function is to provide goods for the agricultural area that surrounds it. Its population as of the 2013 census was 693.

From 1884 to 1968, the town was served by the Fairlie Branch railway, though until 1934, this branch line actually terminated a kilometre beyond Fairlie in Eversley.

Fairlie is commonly known as the gateway to the Mackenzie Basin. It was first known as Fairlie's Creek and supposedly named because it reminded early settlers of Fairlie in Scotland.

Fairlie hosts the annual Mackenzie District Agricultural and Pastoral show every Easter Monday. The 105th annual show was in 2006.

Being on the tourist highway between Christchurch and Queenstown, tourism is fast becoming a major industry within the town.


Fairlie has three schools.

  • Fairlie School is a state contributing primary (Year 1 to 6) school. It has 92 students as of November 2015.[2]
  • Mackenzie College is a state Year 7 to 13 secondary school. It has 206 students as of November 2015.[2]
  • Saint Joseph's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1 to 8) school. It has 47 students as of November 2015.[2]


  1. ^ "QuickStats About Fairlie". 2006 Census. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Directory of Schools - as at 01 December 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 

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