Timaru is a city in the South Island of New Zealand. Home to the striking piazza, with stunning views stretching from the popular safe Caroline Bay across to the snow-clad mountains, the city is host to numerous café-bars and restaurants.

Get in

By plane

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.



Go next

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 beautiful village 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
Fairlie Pleasant Point  W  E  END

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