24 Hours in Timaru city


There is so much you can squeeze into 24 hours in Timaru city. Below is just a taste of what you can do while exploring seaside Timaru.


Enjoy a coffee on Caroline Bay

Grab a coffee from one of the many Timaru CBD cafes and head to Caroline Bay for a relaxing and beautiful stroll on the beach enjoying the sunrise.

Head to Sopheze Coffee Lounge, Mrs M’s or Coffee Culture for a good caffeine fix.

Discover New Zealand’s original art galleries on a tour with Te Ana Māori Rock Art.

The Timaru District has the highest number of known Māori rock art sites in the country (there are just over 700 sites nationwide, and we have over 400 of these in our district!).

Enjoy an interactive style museum at their state of the art centre in the Timaru CBD, or take a trip out a real rock art site and walk in the footstep of their ancient travellers.

Explore the main street

The Timaru CBD is full of interesting and beautiful independent stores as well as chain stores such as Farmers, Kathmandu and Rebel Sport.

Some of our favs are Tuesday, Millie Rose Boutique, Hello Cyril, KidStuff, Dead2B and Timaru Booksellers.


Uncover the CBD street art sites

We love street here in Timaru, and dotted around the Timaru CBD are a collection beautiful street art sites.

Download the Timaru Trails app and follow the trail to discover them all.


You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to go for dinner!

Head to The Oxford for high end kiwi cuisine, take a trip around the world in an hour at Street Food Kitchen, or experience Japanese fusion at Saikou Teppenyaki & Whiskey Bar

Meet some cute locals

As the sun starts to set, head down to Caroline Bay to see the Little Blue Penguins/Kororā coming in.

They are most active in the summer months (October to March) and the best place to view them is along the footpath on Marine Parade at the south end of Caroline Bay.

Please be respectful of the area, do not climb on the rocks and please don’t use flash photography.