Help our Hospo

It’s really tough in the hospitality sector right now, and we all need to play our part to keep these businesses going.

So it's time to show your support to these people that we know and love, and whose businesses make this district such an outstanding place to live and visit.

If you're looking for practical ways to support your friends in the local hospitality community, read on.


Help our Hospo

We're putting our money where our mouth is, literally, and we're giving away loads of eatery vouchers on our social media channels.

How to enter:

1. Head to your favourite Timaru District bar or eatery and order a meal, a drink, a snack - anything goes.
2. Take a photo and upload it to social media with the hashtag #helpourhospo
3. Or you can email the photo here

See full terms and conditions at the bottom of the page.

Make sure you're following us on Facebook  and Instagram as we announce prize winners and details of other competitions and giveaways that you can also get involved in.

TIP: When sharing food photos to social media always 'eats' tag it with the location you got it - #timarueats, #geraldineeats.  This helps our eateries show up in popular food searches.


Find an Eatery

We've updated the Timaru Trails App with new 'eats' trails for each area in Timaru District.

The trails have all the eateries geo-tagged so you can see where to eat in walking distance from your current location.  Or use the app to plan your eats by reading through the options.

Timaru Trails is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, or you can use the desktop version without having to download it.


SOS Business

Let your favourite café know you’re thinking of them…even if you can’t go in the door.

This fantastic website allows you to purchase vouchers for your favourite eatery.  You can even make a donation just to show your support.

Jump on the SOS Business website, look through the South Canterbury eateries, and share the love.

If you can't see your favourite eatery or business listed, try buying a voucher directly from them.  Check out their website, or contact them to find out how.


Share the love

Be sure to follow and support local businesses on social media.

Help them tell their stories by sharing your experiences and tagging them.  Word of mouth and positive testimonials are powerful marketing tools.

When sharing food photos always 'eats' tag it with the location you got it - #timarueats, #geraldineeats.

When it comes to social media, engagement equals free advertising.  We encourage you to like, comment on, and share their posts with your networks.


Terms and conditions.

Help our Hospo is run by Venture Timaru Ltd.  Winners will be announced on the Venture Timaru Facebook page, or via return email.  Venture Timaru (the promoter) reserve the right to select and announce prize winners at their discretion, no correspondence will be entered into.  See above for how to enter. The prizes are not redeemable for cash. The competition is open to NZ residents.  Venture Timaru reserves the right to amend, vary, extend or discontinue the promotion at any stage, for any reason.   To the fullest extent permitted by law Venture Timaru will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for personal injury as a result of promotion entry or winning the prize. All entries become the property of Venture Timaru and may be shared and used for promotional purposes.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other social network.