Cold day activities in Timaru District

Our pick of family friendly things to do

Head indoors

If it's too cold for outdoor pursuits...

Timaru City:

Take in a movie, burn off some steam at Chipmunks, or Flip Out Timaru.

Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre is a great place to swim and slide.

The South Canterbury Museum is a fascinating place to explore, and the Aigantighe Art Gallery is family friendly and free entry.


The Geraldine Cinema is independently owned and has comfy couches.

The Geraldine Museum and the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum are both well worth a visit for the history buffs.

Lilia's Lace Museum is a NZ Museums specialist museum, it showcases the history of international and New Zealand lace and lace-making.  Viewing by appointment.


The Temuka Museum is housed in a striking old Courthouse building.  It's not always open so check before you leave home.

Pleasant Point:

The Pleasant Point Museum and Railway is an award-winning attraction which has been rated as one of New Zealand's best preservation railways. But, it’s not just the trains that are on show.  Displays range from the country’s worst railway disaster at Tangiwai in 1953, to the district’s brewing history, to old printing machines and computers. You can also make a booking to drive an 86-tonne steam engine.

Go stargazing

We totally recommend a visit to the Geraldine Observatory.  The reviews it gets are outstanding and it's great value for money.

Go skiing in winter

In less than a couple of hours drive from Timaru City, you'll find yourself at several family-friendly ski resorts.  Base yourself here while you hit the slopes for a day.

There’s Mt Dobson, at the southern end of the Two Thumb Range, which is ideal for novice to intermediate skiers. Fox Peak, at the highest point of the Two Thumb Range, is a mixed-ability club field. Roundhill, near Tekapo, is great for beginners, intermediates and more advanced skiers. Mt Hutt is, one of the most popular resorts, is ideal for all ability levels.

Grab the kids, rug up and have a blast on the ski slopes.