Walks with views of the surfTimaru city offers the ease of a small town (no traffic jams!) while being fully serviced with excellent amenities and great shopping. 

Within easy walking distance from the holiday park you will find summer swimming, fishing and recreation at Caroline Bay, excellent walking tracks, the Aigantighe Gallery, the South Canterbury Museum. Together with main national store chains, the city has a wonderful range of boutiques, specialist shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The city is a central South Island hub, on the main route to Dunedin, Christchurch, to the Mackenzie Country and the Southern Alps.

Timaru is a major port city, located 160km south of Christchurch and 200km north of Dunedin. The Timaru District has a population of 42,867 people (2006 census) which includes a prosperous agricultural hinterland with links to smaller rural communities such as Pleasant Point, Temuka, and Geraldine. The town of Waimate is about 40km to the south on the road to Oamaru and Dunedin...

Timaru History, view of the city in the 1940s

In the early settler days before the harbour was built, there were numerous shipwrecks. The coast continues to be a dramatic feature of the town and one of the best places to experience this is on the walkway along Benvenue Cliffs, with spray kicking up as the Pacific herds in against the basalt. The working port is central to the economic vibrancy of the town, set on the eastern side of Caroline Bay, the port works 24/7 with large container ships coming in from all over the world...

Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre: The swimming pool is a world class facility designed for your enjoyment...

Timaru boasts many cafes and restaurant to suit your palette and budget...

A range of facilities for rugby, tennis, yachting, swimming, netball, cricket, golf, hockey, croquet, bowls...

Mountain bike hire available at the park; view maps with details of route and sites you will see on the way...

Phar Lap - immortalised in bronze is the huge Timaru-bred horse won 37 of his 51 starts before...

The gardens feature many rare and endangered species, two ponds and a large conservatory...

Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden – (located on the bay) is a unique garden featuring 1200 roses...

The bay boasts a picnicking area, wheel park and skating rink, boardwalk and a safe beach to swim in...

Highfield golf course is right next door to Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park, One free round per stay...

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