Timaru is a city of 27,500 people (2018) on the South Island of New Zealand, on the east coast at Caroline Bay. It is a seaport and the second largest city in the Canterbury region, and is about halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin. Caroline Bay has a popular sheltered beach and recreation area.

Historic Timaru

UnderstandEdit

  • 1 Timaru Visitors Centre.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Richard Pearse Airport (Timaru Airport) (13 km north of CBD). 2 or 3 flights daily, Air New Zealand, direct from Wellington. Taxi or rental car (preferably pre-arranged) from airport.    

By roadEdit

Timaru is on State Highway 1, 157 km, or a two-hour drive, south of Christchurch. Coach services operate from Picton, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Get aroundEdit

 
Map of Timaru

Bus services that connect the suburbs to the city centre. Taxi or rental car are other means of transport for tourists.

SeeEdit

 
Seal at Caroline Bay
  • Te Ana Maori Rock Art, 2 George Street, Landing Services Building. Personalised and authentic Maori cultural experiences
  • 1 South Canterbury Museum, 4 Perth St, Timaru Central, +64 3-687 7212. Tu-F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa Su 1-4:30PM. donation.
  • 2 Sacred Heart Basilica (Timaru Basilica).    
  • 3 Washdyke Lagoon. Areas surrounding the lagoon are good spots for Birding    
  • 4 Timaru Botanic Gardens.
  • 5 Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden.
  • Artwork. The Ferocious "Face of Peace", and the "malconstructed tubular bunk of Joy" which reside below the Piazza, and in front of the earthquake-proof Council offices, respectively.
  • 6 Timaru Shipwreck Memorial.

DoEdit

  • 1 Caroline Bay Beach.
  • Movie Max Digital Cinemas, cnr Sophia & Canon Sts, . The town's movie theatre complex.
  • Mountain biking and cycling – The Timaru area has a number of trails and routes throughout the back country and city.
  • Golf - There are a number of golf courses within the area.
  • 2 Centennial Park.
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery.
  • Otipua Wetland.
  • 3 Caroline Bay Soundshell.
  • 4 Theatre Royale. Closed for redevelopment in 2020. A Victorian theatre.
  • 5 South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (Alpine Energy Stadium).    
  • 6 cbay Aquatic Centre.
  • Caroline Bay Carnival.

BuyEdit

 
Shops on Stafford Street
  • 1 Ballantynes.    
  • 2 Northtown Shopping Centre.

EatEdit

DrinkEdit

  • 1 The Sail & Anchor, 51 Sophia St, +64 3-688 8177.
  • 2 Old Bank, 232 Stafford St, +64 3-684 4392.
  • 3 Saikou Teppanyaki & Whisky Bar.

SleepEdit

ConnectEdit

Go nextEdit

 
Port of Timaru

South to Waimate, Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders and Dunedin. Go inland to Geraldine, Fairlie, Mt Cook, the Southern Lakes (Tekapo, Pukaki, Wanaka and Wakatipu) then down to the adventure capital of the South Island, Queenstown. Head north to Christchurch.

Geraldine, a town on the inland scenic route with a thriving arts and culture community nestled at the foot of soft rolling hills and bisected by the tranquil Waihi River. The pretty main street with its venerable trees, gardens and historic buildings is always bustling with visitors and locals alike.

Peel Forest, a short distance from Geraldine is a small, sparsely inhabited settlement village that is an oasis of beauty and tranquility set amid the dense virgin native forest. A popular recreational area offering many outdoor activities.

Pleasant Point, an ideal place to explore Maori rock art, sample the tastes of the award winning Opihi vineyard, or experience the town’s museum and railway with its fully restored steam locomotives with the world’s only Ford Model T railcar.

Temuka is a small town blessed with several rivers, walkways and an extensive collection of trees creating a green and tranquil haven for campers, sportspeople, travelers and locals.

Routes through Timaru
Christchurch  N   S  Oamaru
FairliePleasant Point  W   E  END


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