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Richard Pearse Aitport, Timaru. Phillip Capper
Richard Pearse Aitport, Timaru. Phillip Capper
Municipal Offices and Library. Photo Karora
Municipal Offices and Library. Photo Karora
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Photo Pear285
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Photo Pear285
Timaru Fountain. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock
Timaru Fountain. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock
Beach in Timaru. Buladeviagens/Shutterstock
Beach in Timaru. Buladeviagens/Shutterstock
Ship in Port of Timaru. Bryce Edwards
Ship in Port of Timaru. Bryce Edwards
Stafford Street, Timaru. Photo Pear285
Stafford Street, Timaru. Photo Pear285
Farmers Market, Timaru. Honey Cloverz
Farmers Market, Timaru. Honey Cloverz

Timaru Information

The port city of Timaru is located on the South Island of New Zealand halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin. The city is built on rolling hills that were created from lava flows from the now extinct Mt Horrible volcano. Although the origin of the name is disputed, some think Timaru’s name originates from “TeMaru”, which in the Mãori language means “Place of Shelter”.

With European settlement Timaru began as a whaling station in 1839. Today Timaru is well known as the second largest fishing port in New Zealand. It’s also an important cargo port servicing the South Canterbury region. Caroline Bay is Timaru’s best beach with the local referring to it as ‘The Bay’ especially popular for the annual summer carnival drawing a very large crowd.

One of the biggest tourist attractions to Timaru is the South Canterbury Museum. The Museum contains some very impressive exhibits and the nearby Te Ana Mãori Rock Art building is the star attraction. Another great place worth seeing is the Aigantighe Art Gallery founded in 1956 which is said to be home to some of the best works of artworks in the local South Canterbury region.

Nature lovers will enjoy the Timaru Botanic Gardens which were established in 1864 and recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. Key features include several gardens, an aviary, Ornamental pond, war memorial even, children’s playground and the ever so popular rose gardens.

Famlan Farm Park is also worth a visit as there are plenty of friendly animals to meet including Alpacas, sheep, rabbits, goats and pony’s just to mention a few.

Timaru being in a great position in the Southern hemisphere makes the Kiwi Observatory awesome place to visit for anyone interested in Astronomy or telescopes. More things see include a visit to York Street Gallery, Aero club, Golf club, Serendipity antiques and the Sacred Heart Bascilica church.

For more holiday information on Timaru or things to do maybe check out trip advisor or the local Timaru Information Centre when coming to town.

South Canterbury Museum in Timaru. Photo by Karora
South Canterbury Museum in Timaru. Photo by Karora
Sculptures in Timaru by Farmers Market. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock
Sculptures in Timaru by Farmers Market. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock