Things to do in Fairlie

(5mins drive from Mt Dobson Motel)

Eat Cafe Fairlie

Eat Cafe and Bar

Licensed café, different menu options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks as well as cabinet food. Children’s menus are available.

Open seven days, 9 am – 8.30 pm



Everything is also available to take away. Call 03 685 6275 to book.

The Fairlie Bake House

Internationally acclaimed for its pies and pastries. Vegan and gluten free options are available.

Fairlie Bakehouse
Fairlie Bakehouse
Fairlie Bakehouse

The Gladstone Hotel

Traditional pub which has a restaurant and takeaways (Tuesday – Sunday) from 5pm.

Children’s menu available.

Call 03 685 8140 to book.

The Fairlie Museum

Open daily. Charges apply for adults, children free. The museum has great range of items from the region. The vehicle collection includes a tank. There is a display with the history of the Hamilton jet boat. Bill Hamilton did his early research for the jet boat on the Opihi River, which runs behind the motel.

Fairlie Museum
Fairlie Museum
Fairlie Museum
Fairlie Museum Cafe

Museum Café

Museum Café is now in the capable hands of Mandy and Dave Clark, formerly of the Silverstream Hotel.

They have been cooking hearty meals for the people of South Canterbury for years, and before that for the people of North Canterbury.

The café opens at 8.30 am and has a fabulous breakfast menu to get you ready for a big day on the snow.

Wicked coffee and cabinet food also available

Top Pub Fairlie

Top Pub

Another traditional pub, restaurant open seven days. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.

Fairlie Shopping

Fairlie shops

There are a wide range of small shops including JRs General Store which is well worth a visit. Also men and women’s street clothing shops, gift shops and a patchwork shop.

Fairlie to Kimbell Central South Trail

The trail provides a great off highway option for those walking or cycling between the towns.


In time, the trail is planned to extend further west towards Burkes Pass, and will eventually link up with the Lake Tekapo-Twizel section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

Heartlands Information Centre

Open Mon-Fri, 10 am to 4 pm.


Fairlie walking/cycling tracks

Visit Heartlands or our reception for details on several tracks in and around Fairlie.

Mountain Biking

There are a range of scary mountain bike trails near Raincliff, access from Middle Valley Road

Gem Alpacas

There is currently an alpaca farm and shop on the Kimbell side of Fairlie. It’s fun watching the animals queue up for a dust bath on hot days.

Skate Park

There is a new skate park in the middle of Fairlie, on the Village Green.

Children’s playgrounds

One playground is also on the village green, the other is on the Domain (near the campground)


Fairlie only has a Four Square supermarket, open seven days, 8am – 7pm. Outside these hours you can get limited supplies from the gas stations.


There are two gas stations on the main road – a BP and a Caltex. There is also a 24 hour self service station on State Highway 79. An EV fast charger is opposite the Gladstone Hotel.