Fairlie is located in the heart of the South Island in the mountains while being only 60 Kilometres from the beaches and the Pacific. It has award winning Restaurants, Cafes and Bars to relax and enjoy while having the best of New Zealand outdoors within an hour’s drive.
The Fishing is superb in the rivers, lakes and sea for all the various sport fish.
The Hunting is abundant. From the high mountain Thar, the Red deer, Chamois, the wily Fallow to the Wallaby, Pigs, Rabbits and Ducks and Geese in season. All within a few minutes of Fairlie. Guides and Hunting parks are also available.
The Skiing is brilliant with three very different ski fields within an hour’s drive.
Mt Dobson the local field is about 40 minutes drive to the top with full facilities. All grades of Skiers and Boarders are catered for. The best skiing in New Zealand without the crowds.
Tekapo is a family field with an easy gradient for the youngest members of the family and beginners and offers lovely views.
Fox’s Peak is the oldest ski club in the country and is still managed by club members. They have some challenging runs to push the most exuberant skiers.
Mt Hutt and Ohau are about one hour 20 minutes to the access roads.
Mountain Biking From river tracks to the alpine passes there is a lot of scope. Located 30 minutes from Tekapo and the very popular around the lake Mountain bike race.
Golfing is first class with a full 18 hole course with some of the cheapest subscriptions in New Zealand ($195 for a year’s golf for men, 2007)
Mt Nessing and Tekapo are two nine hole courses within half an hour which provide lots of additional challenges.
There are another two 18 hole courses and one nine hole course within half an hour’s drive at Geraldine and Pleasant Point. Lots of variety.
Boating With Yachting, Cruising and Jet boating around the lakes and rivers of our district, the home of the jet boat, the Mackenzie Country has it all. The cold and beautiful glacial lakes to the warmer calmer lakes down country and turbulent rivers.
Climbing We have the highest and most rugged mountains in the Southern hemisphere in our back yard - need we say more.