Activities & Things to do in Timaru, NZ

Timaru is well-known for its hospitality - the name Timaru originates from the Māori Te-Tihi-o-Maru, which means 'place of shelter'. We're proud to follow this tradition by offering a safe, stylish and comfortable place for travellers to rest.

Timaru is the jewel in the South Canterbury crown. Our beautiful region runs "ki uta ki tai" - from the mountains to the sea. It's home to New Zealand's highest peak Aoraki Mt Cook and also to Caroline Bay, one of the country's Top 10 beaches.

The activities are as varied as the landscape, and you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. From mountain biking to Māori rock art, there's something for everyone.

Click on the links below to find out more about our beautiful district:

South Canterbury website - information about ways to stay, play, live and do business in South Canterbury.

Venture Timaru Tourism Website - all you need to know to fill a day or a week in the district.

Timaru Insider’s Guide - an Instagram guide to the best local places to wine, dine, shop and share.

Timaru district walking and cycling tracks - easy ways to get out and about, exploring on foot or by bike.

Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art - discover Māori rock art as you explore the ancient art galleries of Aotearoa.

Caroline Bay Carnival - everything you need to know about Timaru's famous summer attraction, loved by generations.

Otipua Saltwater Creek Catchment Group - find out about our local waterway and the work we're doing to restore and improve this valuable area.