Our stories

Join us as we share the stories about what makes the Timaru District such a great place to live and visit. We’ll bring you stories about our people, our history and the must visit places. The insider’s guide on all that is epic about our beautiful part of the world.

  • Mt Cook street art
    Street Art

    Our streets are alive with vibrant street art.

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  • Anna and Alaister outside the Running Duck
    Experience the laid back vibe of a kiwi bach

    What's a bach? Visit The Running Duck in Geraldine and you'll find out why we love our baches in the South Island.

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  • Flax rose
    The story of the harakeke rose

    The community comes together to create a unique gift for our cruise passengers.

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  • 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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  • Phar Lap statue
    Birthplace of mighty Phar Lap

    You can visit the life sized bronze statue, see the stables where he was housed, and watch a short film about one of our most famous exports.

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  • 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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  • Ship Hop Brewers
    Ship Hop craft beer

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

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  • Debbie Templeton-Page
    For the love of art

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

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  • The girls from Geraldine Farm Tours
    Geraldine Farm Tours

    Walk, bike, wine and dine, and experience life on two working farms, all here in Timaru District.

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  • Bryan and jaguar at Hadlow Game Park
    Hadlow Game Park 1972 - 1986

    Venture Timaru had the opportunity to sit down and reminisce with the man behind the legendary park, Bryan Bassett-Smith.

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  • Janene of Go Geraldine at Verde
    Three of the best activities

    If you want to know what to do in the District, you go straight to the expert!

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  • Di Hay on the Bay Hill
    Dashing Rocks walk

    Take a coastal walk, past the site of historic shipwrecks, a lighthouse, old Maori fishing sites and more - keep an eye out for penguins!

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