About Timaru

Timaru is the urban hub of the Central South Island and has undergone a considerable renaissance in recent years. Its setting between ocean and alps make Timaru a great place to visit.

The District's north and south boundaries are naturally defined by two rivers, the Rangitata and the Pareora, both known for good fishing and swimming. Attractive towns, lush pastures, rolling downlands, green hills and clean rivers lie in the lee of New Zealand's magnificent Southern Alps in the west.

Timaru is strategically and centrally located on major transport arteries, the airport being an easy 15-20 mins from the centre of town. (map to airport)

Commercially, the city is home to a bustling port which services the region's exports. The Clandeboye dairy factory is one of the largest in the world and the city is also home to DB Breweries Mainland Plant and in nearby Temuka the famous pottery of that name can be found.

Caroline Bay has attracted holiday makers for more than 100 years and visitors flock to the long running Christmas & New Year carnival. The city is closely linked to the rose which grows superbly in the climate and the Trevor Griffith Rose Garden is internationally renowned. There are a raft of activities to enjoy from our base in Timaru.