Family Fun

We've got fun stuff for families young and old. In Timaru, there's beach action if that's your thing and plenty of local tracks to run, walk and bike. Wildlife and nature experiences, star gazing, forests and over 40 kids parks!

  • Things we love about Caroline Bay

    Caroline Bay is one of Timaru’s best-loved park and beach areas by visitors and locals alike.

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  • Girl at Famlan Park
    Famlan Farm Park

    Come and meet these friendly animals.

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    • Local favourites
    Walks in Timaru City

    Keen on a short walk? Timaru’s got plenty of options.

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    • Family friendly,Local favourites,Free
    Swimming in Timaru District

    In Timaru, we’ve got the sea, rivers and pools galore.

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  • Scene from model railway at Pleasant Point Rail Museum
    Pleasant Point Museum and Railway

    Rated as one of New Zealand's best preservation railways, but there's loads more to this attraction than that.

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    • Family friendly,Local favourites
    Two people cycling along the bay at sunset
    Biking in Timaru District

    Timaru district is a biker’s paradise. We have undulating terrain and big country views.

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  • Looking in rockpools
    Free Family Fun

    Some of the best activities in the Timaru District are FREE

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    • Family friendly,Local favourites
    Jack's Point starscape with lighthouse

    The Timaru region’s perfect for stargazing.

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    • Family friendly
    three little penguins
    Timaru's Penguins

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

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  • Boy and deer
    Geraldine Farm Tours

    Visit Geraldine Farm Tours for a unique and authentic New Zealand farming experience.

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  • Why you should visit the South Canterbury Museum

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  • Horses trekking at Peel Forest
    Peel Forest Horse Trekking

    Trek on horseback through some of South Canterbury's most beautiful landscapes

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