The legend of James Mackenzie and his faithful dog Friday is infamous around here, and no wonder – you’re in Mackenzie Country, named after the man himself.
In 1855, Mackenzie was discovered with a thousand sheep that he was accused of stealing with the help of his loyal border collie, Friday. They were captured, escaped arrest, walked 100 miles to Lyttelton, and were captured again. Mackenzie was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to hard labour. He escaped at least twice, was clapped in irons, and then pardoned in 1856. His exploits were admired by many of the locals, and his route through to the plains now known as Mackenzie Country paved the way for further settlement. We don’t know what became of Friday, but we honour good dogs everywhere with our best burgers and crafted beers – befitting explorers past and present.