Currency and cash
Our major banks are:
- ANZ, 211 Stafford Street, Timaru
- ASB, 242 Stafford Street, Timaru
- BNZ, 247 Stafford Street, Timaru
- SBS, 248 Stafford Street, Timaru
- Westpac, 243 Stafford Street, Timaru
- Kiwibank, 21 Strathallan Street, Timaru
All these banks have ATM machines. Banks can only exchange foreign currency into NZ dollars with a valid passport.
Public transport - MyWay bus service
Timaru has an innovative on-demand public transport service.
MyWay by Metro is simple to book, and you’re in charge. You say where you want to go, when you want to be picked up and from where. There’s no set route or timetable – it’s public transport based around your needs.
MyWay is available Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 8am – 6pm.
The fastest and easiest way to book your trip is through the MyWay by Metro app, available for free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. You can also book online, or by phoning our friendly team on 688 5544.
Find out all about MyWay by Metro at www.mywaybymetro.co.nz
Vehicle hire & taxis
Taxis and driver/guide services can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre.
There is one taxi business in Timaru: Timaru Taxis (03) 688 8899. Taxis can be ordered by phone, or through the Information Centre.
Please note Taxi cabs cannot be hailed from the footpath.
Local rental car companies:
Free WiFi is available in locations in Timaru, Temuka and Caroline Bay. This service is free to everyone, with a daily limit of 500MB per device.
Wifi is also available at Timaru District Libraries – Timaru City, Temuka, Geraldine.
Many cafes in Timaru District offer free wifi to customers.
St Mary’s, 24 Church St, 8am and 10am Sunday.
Sacred Heart Basilica, 7 Craigie Ave, 9am and 5pm Sunday.
Trinity Church, 22 College Rd, 9.30am Sunday.
Wilson Street Baptist Church, 17 Wilson St, 10am Sunday.
Life Church Timaru:
134 Morgans Road, 10am Sunday.
7 Elizabeth Street, 10am Sunday.
Seventh Day Adventist:
Timaru Adventist Church, 19 Rathmore Street, 11am Saturday.
Timaru Corps, 206 Wai-iti Road, 10.30am Sunday.
Timaru Public Hospital is a fully serviced hospital with an Emergency Department.
Queen Street, Parkside, Timaru. Phone 03 687 2100
Open during business hours (Monday – Friday 9am - 5.30pm).
For extended hours and on public holidays visit Ashbury Pharmacy, 98 Evans Street 03 688 9736.
Open 9am – 6pm every day and from 1pm - 6pm on public holidays.
The Central Business Districts of Timaru, Geraldine and Temuka are home to the main shopping areas of the towns.
In Timaru you will find a range of national chain stores and locally owned boutique shops. Timaru has two main suburban shopping areas; Northtown Mall on Evans Street, and Highfield Mall on Wai-iti Road.
In Temuka and Geraldine there is more of a focus on locally owned shops.
If you're in Timaru District in the weekends, check out these fabulous markets, where you can meet the local makers and growers.