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.

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 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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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.

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Business Support

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.

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South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

The official COVID-19 response team for South Canterbury businesses. Established in 1905, the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is the recognised and respected business organisation assisting South Canterbury businesses achieve success.

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2021 ARA Business Excellence Awards

Entries open 5th Feb. Gala Event 18th June. The Ara South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and success of businesses and charities in South Canterbury.  This event will run irrespective of Alert levels.

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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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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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Free Images & Resources

Free image library, tips and tools for business.

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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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