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Fairlie is a Mackenzie District service town located in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. As of the 2013 census, the population was 717. 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.

Places to Visit near Fairlie, New Zealand

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre

Discover the stories of Māori rock art at our tribal Rock Art Centre.  See the most significant collection of ancient Māori rock art in New Zealand. Share tribal stories and traditions with our local Māori guides. Enjoy our incredible interactive exhibition: experience the terrifying attack of Pouākai, the world’s largest eagle which roamed the skies more than 500 years ago; shelter in the ‘Cave of the Taniwha’ where the rock art is created before your eyes then takes on a life of its own! Deepen your knowledge of Maori rock art on our rock art site tours as our guides share the stories of our ancestors on the same trails that they once traveled. Journey with us to these cherished places and let the past come to life at a group of treasured rock art sites.  Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors; learn how they lived and why we treasure their legacy today. Our role as rock art guardians  Te Ana is a non-profit organization - all funds from our Centre and tours are used for the Māori rock art and the revitalisation of the aspect of our tribal culture. By joining us at Te Ana you are helping to protect this our precious tribal legacy for the generations to come.

New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Centre

This multi-faceted interactive encounter uses audio/visual displays as well as large exhibits, showcasing Mid Canterbury's main industries - farming and snow sports. While adults will find the encounter super-informative, children of all ages will find a lot of fun things to do and try, with a digger driver, a combine harvester, an igloo and our popular cow, Thelma.

The Encounter has been created to give visitors a real understanding of the way of life in rural Canterbury and the way our two key industries, farming and snow sports, are linked together through trade, tourism and shared reliance on our unique geology and climate.

South Canterbury Museum

From fossils to fashions, there are hundreds of things to see in the permanent displays and changing exhibitions.

The museum is located on Perth Street, downtown Timaru, beside the historic St Mary’s church, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, and most public holidays.

Discover the natural heritage of South Canterbury through displays of local geology, fossils and the rich forest environment which once covered this region. Explore local Maori history through our Takata Whenua exhibition area and find how local communities lived through the seasons.

Follow the stories of European arrival and settlement, and how South Canterbury developed into today’s flourishing region. Trip back through the recent past with displays of the everyday from the last 150 years, and learn how people lived their lives through the decades.

Among the exhibits is the story of Richard Pearse, the local man who designed and built an aircraft in his farm shed in 1903. A replica of his first design hangs from the museum’s ceiling.

The museum’s research area provides access to thousands of historic images, archival documents, local history publications and information files. Visitors can watch short films about local legends in the museum’s Heritage Theatre. Schools can explore heritage at the museum and sites around the region with the museum’s Heritage Education Service, led by qualified teachers.

For a fascinating glimpse into the region’s heritage, you can’t go past the South Canterbury Museum.

Aigantighe Art Gallery

Its name is Scottish Gaelic for ‘at home’ and is pronounced ‘egg and tie’.

The Aigantighe holds an extensive permanent collection of New Zealand and international art from the 16th century to the present day. Its collection of British Victorian paintings is particularly strong, while national favourites Charles Goldie, Frances Hodgkins and Colin McCahon are also very well represented.

A continually changing display of works from this collection is shown in the original Edwardian house, which initially formed the art gallery when it was donated to the city in 1956.

The modern wing displays the work of local artists and also hosts travelling exhibitions from around the country. The gallery offers plenty of activities for children, from art books and drawing materials to dress-ups and art hunts.

Aigantighe Art Gallery’s park-like grounds are always open to the public, featuring a wide variety of permanent sculptures set amongst established trees and gardens. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Weekends 12 – 4pm. Entry is free.

Campgrounds and Parks near Fairlie, New Zealand

Patiti Point

Visitors can stay at this site for a maximum of 2 nights. However, vehicles must leave the site between 10am and 4pm everyday.

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Caroline Bay

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