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Timaru

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Timaru is a small city 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, located about halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin. Caroline Bay has a popular sheltered beach and recreation area.

Understand

  • 1 Timaru Visitors Centre. (updated Dec 2018)

Get in

By plane

  • Richard Pearse Airport (Timaru Airport) (13 km north of CBD). 2 or 3 flights daily, Air New Zealand, direct to Wellington. Taxi or rental car (preferably pre-arranged) from airport. (updated Dec 2018)

By road

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

Get around

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

See

  • Te Ana Maori Rock Art, 2 George Street, Landing Services Building. Personalised and authentic Maori cultural experiences (updated Nov 2016)
  • 1 South Canterbury Museum, 4 Perth St, Timaru Central, ☏ +64 3-687 7212. Tue - Fri 10:00am - 4:30pm Sat - Sun 1:00pm - 4:30pm. donation. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 2 Sacred Heart Basilica (Timaru Basilica). (updated Dec 2018)
  • 3 Washdyke Lagoon. Areas surrounding the Lagoon are good spots for Birding (updated Dec 2018)
  • 4 Timaru Botanic Gardens. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 5 Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 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. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 6 Timaru Shipwreck Memorial. (updated Dec 2018)

Do

  • 1 Caroline Bay Beach. (updated Dec 2018)
  • Movie Max Digital Cinemas, cnr Sophia & Canon Sts, ✉ info@moviemaxdigital.co.nz. 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. (updated Dec 2018)
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery. (updated Dec 2018)
  • Otipua Wetland. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 3 Caroline Bay Soundshell. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 4 Theatre Royale. Closed for redevelopment in 2020. A victorian theatre (updated Dec 2018)
  • 5 South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (Alpine Energy Stadium). (updated Dec 2018)
  • 6 cbay Aquatic Centre. (updated Dec 2018)
  • Caroline Bay Carnival. (updated Dec 2018)

Buy

  • 1 Ballantynes. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 2 Northtown Shopping Centre. (updated Dec 2018)

Eat

  • The Oxford. (updated Dec 2018)
  • Fusion Restaurant. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 1 Zest. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 2 Speights Ale House. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 3 Monteiths Bay 54. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 4 Sukhothai Thai Restaurant & Bar. (updated Dec 2018)

Drink

  • 1 The Sail & Anchor, 51 Sophia St, ☏ +64 3-688 8177. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 2 Old Bank, 232 Stafford St, ☏ +64 3-684 4392. (updated Dec 2018)
  • 3 Saikou Teppanyaki & Whisky Bar. (updated Dec 2018)

Sleep

  • 1 Avenue Motor Lodge, 31 Craigie Ave, Parkside, Timaru, ☏ +64 3-684 8383. from $165. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 2 ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge, 95/99 King St, Kensington, Timaru, ☏ +64 3-688 9939. from $149. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 3 Aspen on King. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 4 Grosvenor Hotel, 26 Cains Terrace, Timaru Central, ☏ +64 3-687 9190. 44 room hotel from $90. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 5 Bay Viaduct Motor Lodge, 10 Wai-Iti Rd, Maori Hill, Timaru, ☏ +64 3-686 6338. from $145. (updated Oct 2018)
  • 6 Glenmark Holiday Park. Campgrounds (updated Dec 2018)

Connect

  • 2 Timaru Library. (updated Dec 2018)

Go next

South to WaimateOamaru, Moeraki Boulders and Dunedin. Go inland to GeraldineFairlie, 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.



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