Balfour is a fisherman’s paradise with the nearby Mataura River
offering arguably one of the best trout fishing rivers in New Zealand.
Historically Balfour was a railway town with grain and wool production being the towns major industry.
A Lime Works was also opened in Balfour and is still operating today supplying lime to nearby farmers.
A Dairy Factory was opened in 1910. This has since been converted to a residential home.
Today farming still dominates this community with many deer farms as well as dairy and sheep.