In the south of the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand, is the coastal city of Timaru, which was formed on the hills that was once created by flowing lava streams that poured from the now extinct Mount Horrible. Boasting one of the world’s largest manmade harbours Timaru is a city presenting many wonders from its old heritage buildings to the beaches that ribbon the shoreline, with its parks, gardens and beautiful architecture throughout the city giving the aesthetics of the city a real appeal, there is much to see and do here. Timaru can be your stopping point for your next destination or your base camp to explore it surrounds, but one thing is for sure, and that is once you arrive you will definitely want to stay longer.
Enjoy famous Caroline Bay where summer swimming and fun filled water sports for all ages can be enjoyed or spend time in the city centre where shopping treats, markets and fine dining for all tastes can be experienced. Timaru can be your adventures capital or station for relaxation and time to put your feet up! Catch a traditional Maori show at the cultural centre, soak up the history and heritage of the city within the historic buildings and museums that are scattered throughout the city or set out on the Shakespeare walk through the park.
There is fly, trout and salmon fishing to be had and river cruise along the snaking rivers of the region. Use Timaru as your base to explore the South Canterbury region with its rolling hills, green pastors and wineries, enjoy the several different ski slopes during winter that are around Timaru of simply stay a little closer to home to enjoy the galleries, restaurants, bars, nightlife and entertainment the Timaru presents all year round.
Timaru is a holiday spot for all tourists of all tastes, and no matter what your budget might be you will find a selection of great accommodation choices, attractions and activities to enjoy while you are here. People of all tastes and ages will find so much to see and do in Timaru you may be left wondering where to start first, so you are never going to be left bored with nothing to do! Surf the local beach breaks, learn how to surf if you wish to or simply take time out to stop and have a picnic in the park. Timaru is coastal city brimming with history, heritage and beautiful architectural buildings, family attractions and plenty of fast past fun.
Timaru is only a short drive from a number of inland lakes where you can go water skiing, wind surfing and fish for trout and with its surrounding National Parks and Mount Horrible within its sights, Timaru can be a favoured place for all nature lovers and people looking to explore the great outdoors. Get some culture in your life, experience the fascinating traditions of the Maori people, soak up the beauty of Timaru and base yourself here for your next holiday. With so many different accommodation choices that will place you perfectly to enjoy all that the south islands seaside city has to offer, everything and more can be just moments from your doorstep.