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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  www.athleticscanterbury.org.nz
 Athletics  South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club  www.scathleticsclub.co.nz
 Badminton  South Canterbury Badminton  www.sportground.co.nz/scbadminton
 Basketball  SC Basketball Association  www.southcanterburybasketball.co.nz
 Bowls  Bowls South Canterbury  www.bowlshub.co.nz/centre/28
 Clay Target  Timaru Clay Target Club  www.nzclaytarget.org.nz
 Cricket  SC Cricket  www.southcanterburycricket.co.nz
 Croquet  SC Croquet Association  www.sportground.co.nz/sccroquet
 Cycling  Mid SC Cycling Centre  www.roadcycling.co.nz
 Football  Football SC  www.footballsouth.co.nz
 Golf  Aorangi Golf  www.aorangigolf.org.nz
 Gymsports  SC Gym Sports  www.sportground.co.nz/scgymsports
 Harriers  Timaru Harriers Club  www.timaruharriers.co.nz
 Hockey  Hockey South Canterbury  www.hockeysouthcanterbury.co.nz
 Ice Hockey  Mackenzie Ice Hockey Association  www.mackenzieicehockey.co.nz
 Indoor Bowls  SC Indoor Bowls Centre  www.southcanterburyindoorbowls.weebly.com
 Inline Speed Skating  SC Rollerskating Club  www.facebook.com/scspeedskate
 Motor Cycling  SC Motor Cycling Club  www.scmcc.org.nz
 Motor Sport  SC Car Club  www.southcanterburycarclub.org.nz
 Mountain Bike  SC Mountain Biking Club  www.southcanterburymountainbikeclub.co.nz
 Netball  Netball SC  www.netballsouthcanterbury.co.nz
 Rowing  Timaru Rowing Club  
 Rugby  SC Rugby Football Union  www.scrfu.co.nz
 Shooting  SC Practical Shooting Club  www.sportsground.co.nz/scpsc/56774/
 Skiing  Mt Dobson Ski Club  www.mtdobson.co.nz
 Squash  Squash Midlands Association  www.sportsground.co.nz/squashmidlands
 Swimming  Eastern District Swimming Centre  www.swimcanterbury.org.nz
 Table Tennis  Table Tennis South Canterbury  www.tabletennissc.org.nz
 Tennis  Tennis SC  www.tennissouthcanterbury.co.nz
 Triathlon  Timaru Triathlon Club  www.timarutriathlon.co.nz
 Volleyball  Timaru Volleyball Club   www.tvc.org.nz
 Yacht & Power Boat  Timaru Yacht & Power Boat Club  www.timaruypbc.co.nz
     
 Cbay Aquatic Centre  
 Southern Trust Events Centre  
 
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