Escapes

Timaru District is centrally located on the East Coast of Te Waipounamu. It's the perfect place to meet your friends and whānau from across the South Island. Plus we have direct daily flights for our North Island mates.

    • Family friendly,Free
    three little penguins
    Timaru's penguins

    Find out where to find the world’s smallest penguin. Timaru’s local wildlife.

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    • Family friendly,Free
    Looking in rockpools
    Free Family Fun

    Some of the best activities in the Timaru District are FREE

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Free
    Farmers Market Timaru 02
    Timaru District Markets

    Shop direct from the makers and growers.

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  • ROAM Driving Loop App

    Explore the Central South Island from your base in Timaru District.

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  • Susan Badcock in her gallery
    Meet in Geraldine

    Geraldine is a charming boutique village just 30 minutes drive from Timaru City and 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch.

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  • Timaru Trails App

    Explore Timaru's trails in a new way with the Timaru app.

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  • Bottle of Humdinger Gin
    Humdinger Gin

    Head to Geraldine for gin tastings, informal tours and gin sales at Humdinger Distillery.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Pet friendly,Heritage,Free
    Drinks on the Bay Hill
    Meet me in the middle

    Timaru is centrally located on the East Coast of Te Waipounamu. It's the perfect urban base to meet up with friends and whānau from across the South Island.

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  • Tom Walsh at Super Shot
    Events Calendar

    Plan your visit around these upcoming events.

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    • Family friendly,Heritage,Free
    Mesopotamia
    Beautiful Mesopotamia

    Hit the high country and enjoy the great outdoors at Mesopotamia.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Pet friendly
    The Vicarage Geraldine
    Weekend in Geraldine

    Home to fabulous eateries, scenic walking tracks, day spas, boutique art galleries, shops and more.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Pet friendly
    Kids running on Caroline Bay
    Family fun in Timaru

    If you're heading in, around and through Timaru District, here are some great things to do.

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