Things to do

Nestled between the stunning Southern Alps and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Timaru is a blend of natural beauty and urban charm. Known for its welcoming community, historic architecture, and picturesque landscapes, Timaru offers a perfect balance of tranquility and vibrancy.

Caroline Bay

Renowned for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, Caroline Bay stands as a picturesque haven for locals and visitors alike. This iconic destination offers not only a serene escape but also a hub of activity, hosting events, festivals, and family-friendly gatherings throughout the year.

South Canterbury Museum

Visitors can explore the interactive displays and engaging showcases, delving into the stories of South Canterbury's unique flora, fauna, and human history. The museum's commitment to education and preservation makes it a must-visit destination for those eager to uncover the fascinating layers of Timaru's cultural tapestry.

Aigantighe Art Gallery

Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, this historic gallery boasts a remarkable collection of both contemporary and traditional artworks. The Aigantighe Art Gallery showcases paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations, creating a dynamic space that invites visitors to explore.

Te Ana Rock Art Centre

The Te Ana Rock Art Centre in Timaru is a captivating destination that unveils the ancient mysteries of Maori rock art. Nestled in the heart of Timaru, this cultural hub provides a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and artistic expressions of the indigenous Maori people.


Boasting a modern gym, inviting swimming pools, and a range of fitness classes, CBay encourages an active lifestyle with a focus on health and well-being. The center's panoramic views of the ocean and the Southern Alps provide a stunning backdrop, enhancing the overall experience.

Timaru Penguins

Timaru is home to a unique colony of blue penguins, also known as little blue penguins or kororā. These charming and diminutive seabirds make their nests along the coastline, particularly in the vicinity of Caroline Bay and Patiti Point. Timaru's penguins are a delight for both locals and visitors.

Plus so much more...

Timaru District is the ideal coastal location for a holiday, and the perfect base to take in the jaw-dropping landscapes of New Zealand’s central South Island. From whānau fun, to wining and dining, and watching cute little penguins come ashore, you’ll find it here.

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