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Living in South Canterbury

You will experience the best of all worlds here. In the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, South Canterbury has a geography of mountains, undulating lowlands and a coastline of sandy beaches.

Each of the three districts within South Canterbury - Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate - offer unequaled diversity for families and business to thrive. Innovation is nourished by a lifestyle and business opportunities second to none.

Housing is affordable and a short commute to work guaranteed. Your family will enjoy high quality healthcare, education, shopping, support, and easy access to activities within a safe welcoming environment.

Our Towns

From the peak of Aoraki/Mt Cook with startlingly clear night skies, turquoise lakes, rolling farmland, ancient Maori rock art and culture in wide open spaces, to vibrant industry and the port city of Timaru. Where history meets innovation and commerce – discover the towns of South Canterbury.

Choose South Canterbury

These helpful links and resources will help you make the right choices.

Activities & Attractions

Choose YOUR adventure, from solace to heart stopping laugh-out-loud FUN.

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Health & Wellbeing

Public and private medical facilities, pharmacies, dentists and specialists.

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Study

High quality early learning to tertiary education choices.

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Employment

Recruiting and career opportunities. Find a job or the right staff.

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NZ Immigration

Welcome. Find out how to apply for a Visa, to visit, study, work or live in New Zealand.

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Infrastructure & Property

Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate District Councils, Property searches, residential and commercial real estate.

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South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

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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Aoraki Development

Economic development agency for Timaru District.

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Doing Business in South Canterbury

With a robust economy, diverse industry sectors and healthy growth, South Canterbury offers unrivalled opportunities for business right across the three districts of Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate.

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