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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.EducationFairlie has three schools. Fairlie School is a state contributing primary (Year 1 to 6) school. It has students as of Mackenzie College is a state Year 7 to 13 secondary school. It has students as of Saint Joseph's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1 to 8) school. It has students as of
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