About Us

The family are very passionate about the area and love to see other people enjoy the outdoors, space and views as much as they do.

The Beginning of The Cairns

Andrew Simpson was born and raised on Mt Hay Station on the eastern side of Lake Tekapo. He was 19 years old when he purchased Balmoral Station where he was to farm for the next 40 years. He married Karen in his mid 20’s and together they raised three children Ben, Amanda and Sam.


Farming Career and Property Development

Throughout their farming career they largely ran a merino stud with some cropping and deer. They also gained a large forestry consent and continue to plant trees today. In 2004, they branched out into development of some of their residential zoned land located in the Lake Tekapo township. The first stage of the Mt John Subdivision was sold in 2005 and has progressed continually through to The Cairns development which now has over 80 sections sold to date.

Along the way they have invested in the Mt John buildings and surrounding landscapes to create something special for those wanting holiday accommodation or a unique and special wedding in Lake Tekapo.


Meet the Family

Andrew and Karen’s son Sam now runs Balmoral and Mt John Stations while Andrew focuses on the golf course. Sams partner Sarah owns and runs Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking on Mt John Station.

Daughter Amanda and her partner Steve assist with the running of the Cairns and have recently opened the Balmoral Farmyard shop selling produce directly from Balmoral Station. Son Ben and partner Gemma work in the medical field and have invested various aspects of the family business and are also very passionate about the area.