Welcome. South Canterbury has earned its place for business on the world stage.
With a sound economy, diverse industry sectors and healthy growth, South Canterbury offers unrivalled opportunities for business right 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.
Construction, Manufacturing & Industrial
Thriving sectors with impressive capability to meet the substantial demand of export, primary, residential, commercial and tourism industries.
Transport & Logistics
Central location with excellent road, rail, sea and air connections provides huge advantages to establish, maintain and expand businesses and the economy.
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. Building Better Business - Together.
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.
2022 ARA Business Excellence Awards
Gala Event 17th June. The Ara South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards celebrates excellence, innovation and success of businesses and charities in South Canterbury. See all Winners and event highlights.
Become a Business Partner
Partnering with southcanterbury.org.nz is an effective relevant marketing tool for every South Canterbury business. Supporting the business community COVID-19 recovery, choose your partnership, promote your business and reach new customers.
Tools 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.
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.
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.
With a sound economy and healthy growth, South Canterbury is home to local, national and global businesses across an extensive range of industry sectors.
Become a Business Partner & Showcase your Business
Start promoting your business to South Canterbury and beyond.