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Sports & Events in South Canterbury

South Canterbury, in the central South Island of New Zealand, is rapidly becoming a sporting base of choice for major tournaments and events. Easy access, affordable South Canterbury accommodation and plenty of activities for families and supporters ensures any visit becomes a memorable occasion!

Sporting activities and events play an important part in the daily lives of South Canterbury residents. Sporting facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are plentiful. Parks, gyms, international tennis facilities, netball, soccer, rugby, athletics and cricket grounds, swimming pools and events facilities are widely spread throughout the South Canterbury region.

No matter where you live in South Canterbury, you will probably be less than an hour from the ocean and less than two hours from a ski field!

Activities & Attractions around South Canterbury

On the same day you can mountain bike, snowboard and surf....take your pick! Outdoor pursuits – white water rafting, kayaking, fishing, hunting, horse riding, walking and hiking, mountain biking, sailing, golf, 4 wheel-drive tours and much more, are plentiful and easily accessible within a short drive from Timaru or any of the smaller town centres within South Canterbury. Browse our Attractions and Activities section for more information on outdoor activities around South Canterbury.

South Canterbury Events

South Canterbury has a very active and continually growing events programme and regularly hosts national events.

The Caroline Bay Carnival, the longest running carnival of its type in New Zealand, has been a favourite with families from all over the country since its early days 100 years ago. See our Events section for more information on other major South Canterbury events, including the Timaru Festival of Roses, Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival, Waimate Strawberry Fare and motor sport racing at the Timaru International Motor Raceway.

South Canterbury Sporting Contacts 
 Athletics   Mid/SC Sub Centre of Athletics Canterbury
 Athletics  South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club
 Badminton  South Canterbury Badminton
 Basketball  SC Basketball Association
 Bowls  Bowls South Canterbury
 Clay Target  Timaru Clay Target Club
 Cricket  SC Cricket
 Croquet  SC Croquet Association
 Cycling  Mid SC Cycling Centre
 Football  Football SC
 Golf  Aorangi Golf
 Gymsports  SC Gym Sports
 Harriers  Timaru Harriers Club
 Hockey  Hockey South Canterbury
 Ice Hockey  Mackenzie Ice Hockey Association
 Indoor Bowls  SC Indoor Bowls Centre
 Inline Speed Skating  SC Rollerskating Club
 Motor Cycling  SC Motor Cycling Club
 Motor Sport  SC Car Club
 Mountain Bike  SC Mountain Biking Club
 Netball  Netball SC
 Rowing  Timaru Rowing Club  
 Rugby  SC Rugby Football Union
 Shooting  SC Practical Shooting Club
 Skiing  Mt Dobson Ski Club
 Squash  Squash Midlands Association
 Swimming  Eastern District Swimming Centre
 Table Tennis  Table Tennis South Canterbury
 Tennis  Tennis SC
 Triathlon  Timaru Triathlon Club
 Volleyball  Timaru Volleyball Club
 Yacht & Power Boat  Timaru Yacht & Power Boat Club
 Cbay Aquatic Centre  
 Southern Trust Events Centre  
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