Police say they have fears for the safety of a 60-year-old man who went missing in central Canterbury this morning.

Peter Tucker was last seen at a rural property in Taylors Road, near Clarkville, 5km southwest of Kaiapoi, at 3am.

Police said that Mr Tucker, who wore hearing aid and glasses, was relatively fit but very unfamiliar with the area.

He was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, green short-sleeved shirt, brown trousers, and shoes, police said.

His jacket has distinctive markings - on the front left breast are the letters "PAC" in white and on the rear is an outline of a plane with "Cresco"

Anyone who saw him was asked to contact police.