Welcome. South Canterbury has earned its place for business on the world stage.

With a sound economy and diverse industry sectors, South Canterbury offers unrivalled opportunities for business across the three districts of Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate. With confidence to start new, expand on existing, business investment into the area, you will find your place here.

Your business will be stronger with The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce on your team. The voice of business across the region since 1905.

Strategically located in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, the thriving port in Timaru supports freight and logistics import/export industry hubs essential to South Canterbury and the national economy.

Extensive warehousing and storage capacity is complemented with opportunities for further development.

Major industry and employers choose South Canterbury as a base for manufacturing and distribution.

Leaders in added-value production and recognised as the ‘food bowl’ of New Zealand, South Canterbury attracts a wide spectrum of national and internationally recognised brands working alongside vibrant local businesses.

Businesses are the mainstay of any community.

The three districts of Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate that make up the South Canterbury region of New Zealand have an exemplary and diverse range of industry sector representation.

South Canterbury's economy is strongly influenced by its agricultural heritage. Today agriculture across the region is diverse where sheep, beef and dairy farming, horticultural production and cropping thrive alongside manufacturing, engineering and logistics businesses. Hospitality, accommodation, retail, tourism and an extensive range of support industries ensure that businesses across South Canterbury are diverse, vibrant and confident.

Primary Producers & Agri-business

An abundance of innovative producers and support businesses has made South Canterbury a food bowl to New Zealand and the world.

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Construction, Manufacturing & Industrial

Thriving sectors with impressive capability to meet the substantial demand of export, primary, residential, commercial and tourism industries.

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Transport & Logistics

Central location with excellent road, rail, sea and air connections provides huge advantages to establish, maintain and expand businesses and the economy.

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Useful Business Resources

Advice, support and services to establish or grow your business in South Canterbury.

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

Your business will be stronger with The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce on your team. The  voice of business across the region since 1905. Build Business Success - Together.

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South Canterbury Market Place

Get started on your FREE South Canterbury Market Place business listing. Help YOUR business reach more potential customers, project strong collective excellence and District pride.

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2024 Business & Community Excellence Awards

Gala Event 16th August. The South Canterbury Business & Community Excellence Awards celebrates excellence, innovation and success of businesses and charities in South Canterbury.

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Become a Business Partner

Partnering with southcanterbury.org.nz is an effective relevant marketing tool for every South Canterbury business. Choose your partnership level, promote your business and reach new customers.

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Business Support

Tools and partners to help you succeed in business, make more sales, secure more clients. Training, access to advice and experts, funding options, business partners and peers are here.

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Doing Business in Mackenzie

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce holds the ‘Economic Development & Business Support Services’ agreement with Mackenzie District Council to provide support and services to all businesses in Mackenzie.

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Live Work Study

Experience the best of all worlds when living in South Canterbury.

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Free Images & Resources

Free image library, tips and tools for business.

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Book a Flight

Book your flight with Air New Zealand. Richard Pearse airport also known as Timaru airport is the main airport of South Canterbury.

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Discover Business

With a sound economy and healthy growth, South Canterbury is home to local, national and global businesses across an extensive range of industry sectors.

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