The Selwyn District has a buoyant economy.

The area has been one of New Zealand's fastest growing areas since 2010.

Economic Profile

The information at the linked buttons below, provided by economic analyst firm Infometrics, gives an in-depth description of the our district’s economic structure and performance, and a profile of our community based on census data for Central Otago. The economic profile site offers the ability to drill down into various towns and areas within our district. You can also compare our district’s data against the whole of the country and other regions.

Relevant documents include the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy and the Community Development/Economic Development:Activity Management Plan - 2012/2022 [PDF, 84 KB].

The district's economic base is centred on our natural advantages of land and water. The Food and Beverage sector (agriculture) contributes nearly 30% to our annual GDP and creates almost one third of the jobs. The Visitor sector is growing, with 6 sensational ski-fields, nationally significant gardens and wetlands, unique bouldering and adventure biking, and award-winning aromatic wines.

The Selwyn District Council has a business friendly approach and welcomes new businesses investing in the District.