How to get to Timaru District

The District of Timaru, in South Canterbury, is just two hours’ drive from Christchurch – and a direct flight from the country’s capital Wellington.


You can get here by bus or coach. There are services to and from Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Te Anau.

Check out Intercity Buses here.
Check out Atomic Shuttles here.


Air New Zealand offers daily direct flights from Timaru to Wellington, and from Auckland, via Wellington. Timaru Airport is about eight kilometres north of Timaru township.

Check out the flight details here.


We’re an easy drive along State Highway 1 from Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Timaru is also en route to the MacKenzie Country and Aoraki Mt Cook.

General visitor info

For more information on travelling to and from Timaru District and the best routes to take, get in touch with our friendly Information Centre staff here.