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Fairlie, New Zealand

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.[1]

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:Statue by Sam Mahon:Unveiled 7 November 2003". Behind the statue is a paved and treed area with small square patches of grass. A small service road is to the left of the statue, flanked by parked cars and shops.
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
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityMackenzie District
 • Total717
Time zoneUTC+12 (New Zealand Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (New Zealand Daylight Time)
Area code(s)03
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

From 1884 to 1968, the town was served by the Fairlie Branch railway,[2][3] 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.[4] It was first known as Fairlie's Creek and supposedly named because it reminded early settlers of Fairlie in Scotland.[5]

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.[6] It has 111 students as of August 2018.[7]
  • Mackenzie College is a state Year 7 to 13 secondary school.[8] It has 185 students as of August 2018.[7]
  • Saint Joseph's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1 to 8) school.[9] It has 46 students as of August 2018.[7]


  1. ^ a b "QuickStats About Fairlie". 2006 Census. Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Opening of the Railway to Fairlie Creek", Timaru Herald (31 January 1884): 3.
  3. ^ "Branch line closures a sign of the times but infuriating for locals". Kiwirail. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Fairlie". Discover New Zealand: A Wises Guide (9th ed.). 1994. p. 376.
  5. ^ "Fairlie". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  6. ^ Education Counts: Fairlie School
  7. ^ a b c "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  8. ^ Education Counts: Mackenzie College
  9. ^ Education Counts: Saint Joseph's School

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