Choose South Canterbury as a base for manufacturing and distribution.
South Canterbury's economy is strongly influenced by its agricultural heritage. Today agriculture across the region is diverse where dairy farming, horticultural production, cropping, sheep and beef thrive alongside manufacturing, engineering and logistics businesses.
PrimePort Timaru with its strategic alliance with Port of Tauranga 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 such as Fonterra Clandeboye and Studholme Dairy, Oceania Dairy, Holcim Cement terminal, McCain’s food processing plant, DB Mainland Breweries, NZ Light Leathers, Alliance Group Smithfield meat processing plant and Barker's of Geraldine are amongst significant businesses who choose South Canterbury as a base for manufacturing and distribution.
Connectivity and IT in the region is high and broadband is widely available. Timaru city was one of the first cities in New Zealand to roll out Fibre, meaning households, businesses, schools and medical centres have access to up to 1 Gigabit per second.
Buying & Selling Property
South Canterbury has affordable housing and a stable commercial market offering a variety of properties for all needs and budgets.
The median house price for Timaru District is $470,000. Prices for premium properties in prime locations start at around $800,000 and go up to $1 million+. Mackenzie District prices tend to be higher, and Waimate District lower than Timaru.
Many new residents choose to rent a home when first arriving, the average rent for a family home is around $400 per week and real estate companies also offer property management and rental portfolios.
Property Search & Information
Find property zoning, maps and compliance information in Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate Districts.
Property & Infrastructure Businesses
Many of New Zealand’s largest manufacturers, exporters and employers flourish alongside infrastructure and support businesses. Align yourself with these South Canterbury businesses.
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