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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High quality early learning to tertiary education choices.

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Recruiting and career opportunities. Find a job or the right staff, and Immigration NZ current Visa information.

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Sport & Fitness

Sport and fitness activities and events play an important part in the daily lives of South Canterbury residents. It’s central location and outstanding facilities has made South Canterbury the region of choice for major tournaments and events

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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

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.

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Venture Timaru

Economic development and tourism agency for Timaru District. 2 Sefton Street, Timaru

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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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