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,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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    • Local favourites,Heritage
    Hector Black interior
    Hector Blacks Lounge Bar

    A stylish, quirky lounge bar created in a beautiful old heritage building in Timaru.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Pet friendly
    Geraldine Eats

    Heading to Geraldine? We've got your eats sorted.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Pet friendly,Heritage,Free
    Mt Cook street art
    Street Art

    Our streets are alive with vibrant street art.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites,Heritage
    Kids on a Geraldine Farm Tour
    Family escape to Geraldine

    There's so much to do here for families, and a lot of the best activities are completely free.

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    • Family friendly,Local favourites,Free
    Escape to Peel Forest

    Put Peel Forest on your list of places to visit if you're into bush walks, waterfalls, horse trekking, amazing scenery and great food.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Heritage
    Shark display at South Canterbury Museum
    11 must-visit museums

    We've got more Museums than you can poke a stick at.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Pet friendly
    Kristy outside Zest
    Dog friendly District

    We have some fantastic tracks for walking your four legged friend, and if you time it right even a date night with your dogs!

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites
    Arthur Street Cafe team
    Local cafe owners championing sustainability

    We'd love you to support Rob and Eva's incredible sustainable cafes, and trust us, the food and coffee will keep you coming back!

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    • Accessible,Local favourites,Pet friendly
    Ship Hop Brewers
    Ship Hop craft beer

    Timaru City is the place to be for craft beer on Fridays.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites
    Debbie Templeton-Page
    For the love of art

    We're an arty bunch, with some incredibly talented resident artists.

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    • Family friendly,Accessible,Local favourites
    Chris Thomas
    Check out our MTB tracks

    From long flat coastal tracks, to single tracks for every age and ability.

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