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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.



Travelling by Bus

InterCity Buses to/from Christchurch to Queenstown through Mackenzie and Lakes District depart Kiwi Country Complex, Geraldine. InterCity Timetable.

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

Planning an event, holiday, personal or business relocation,
the Business Partners below will make it easy, specialists in their fields of moving people and/or goods, to or from A to Z and South Canterbury. 

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Aorangi Customs & Freight
Aorangi Customs & Freight Over 40 years combined experience and a wealth of knowledge will ensure that you receive hassle-free, expert service and advice at very competitive rates. >POWERFUL SOLUTIONS >QUALIFIED STAFF >COMMITMENT GUARANTEED

Helloworld Timaru
Helloworld Timaru National Award winning Kate Flynn and her team always think they have the best job in the world because they spend their life completing other people's dreams.

Allied Pickfords Timaru
Allied Pickfords Timaru Moving locally, nationally or internationally – Allied Pickfords Timaru have the answer. New owners Richard Strowger and Jeanette Meldrum are locals, and their team are locals with vast experience, part of the largest provider of local, domestic, and international moving services on the planet.

Aoraki Migrant Centre
Aoraki Migrant Centre Aoraki Migrant Centre, where we Promote Goodwill, Raise Awareness, Highlight the needs of the Migrant Community and provide intercultural understanding.

Kiwi Country Complex & Mundells Café
Kiwi Country Complex & Mundells Cafe The convenience of a retail store specialising in souvenirs, clothing, accessories, food & health products plus a fully licensed café, Bureau de Change, Information Kiosk, with public toilets and off-street parking, Inter City bus depot.

Avis NZ
Avis NZ Why not hire one of our late model vehicles for a self-drive discovery of our region.

Hilton Haulage Limited
Hilton Haulage Limited Hilton Haulage Transport provides raw milk transportation, general transport, export container transportation and managed warehousing to independent Canterbury- based dairy companies.

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