|South Canterbury is easily accessible by road and air. Timaru City is just over 2 hours drive from both Christchurch and Dunedin, is well served by regular coach services and has a local airport with daily links to Wellington and other main centres. Driving from Christchurch International Airport, State Highway One and the Inland Scenic Route 72 both offer attractive rural vistas with plenty of attractions and points of interest along the way.
The AA Travel time and distance calculator provides accurate timings for your travels around South Canterbury. It also includes current traffic information, road conditions, fuel stops and points of interest around the region. Activities, attractions and accommodation ideas for your travel around South Canterbury.
Travelling by Bus
InterCity Buses to/from Christchurch to Queenstown through Mackenzie and Lakes District depart Kiwi Country Complex, Geraldine. InterCity Timetable.
To view South Canterbury Bus Timetables click below
Budget Bus Shuttles
Travelling by air
Richard Pearce Airport, also known as Timaru Airport is located on Falvey Road, 12.6km north of Timaru's CBD. It is the main airport in South Canterbury, with daily flights between Timaru and Wellington, linking national and international destinations. Richard Pearce Airport flight information.
Travelling By Car / Campervan
With its comparatively low traffic density and spectacular countryside, South Canterbury is an ideal destination for those who like being on the road. If you want to be self-sufficient, a rental car or campervan is a great way to see this beautiful region. Road conditions are good and in the South Island, uncongested. A few gravel (shingle) roads exist in rural areas. New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road. To get an idea of average drive times, see the table below.
Self-drive rental vehicles and campervans are available locally.
Maps of Main Centres