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

Timaru’s Caroline Bay, with its piazza and views to the mountains, attracts visitors and locals alike. In earlier times, visitors would come for a day trip via train from Christchurch and Dunedin. A summer carnival has been held since 1911. Those on holiday still enjoy the promenades, picnic areas and fairground, in Caroline Bay paddling pooladdition to the cafés and bars above the bay

In the early 20th century crowded excursion trains from Christchurch came to the “Riviera of the South” - Caroline Bay. They picnicked on the beachfront, swam in the warm sea, and attended the annual carnival. Fast forward 101 years and it’s bustling again as yesteryears’ descendants and overseas visitors discover the redeveloped, vibrant holiday destination.

Caroline Bay is Timaru’s main attraction, drawing many visitors to its safe swimming beach and popular annual carnival, which provides non-stop entertainment each Christmas.

Caroline Bay BoardwalkThe Bay Hill and Piazza offer stunning views of the distant Southern Alps and Caroline Bay. An interesting walk heads north past the Benvenue Cliffs to the Dashing Rocks. A bright, vibrant social scene is provided by the restaurants and cafés that link the beach to the main shopping area.

Take a stroll along The Shakespeare Walk through the gardens and view the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden. It contains the largest collection of old roses in the southern hemisphere

Perhaps the finest accomplishment is the timber boardwalk along the length of the beach, meandering around man-made sand dunes planted with native grasses and a wetland.

Skating Rink

This international skating rink on Caroline Bay was provided by the generosity of South Canterbury residents who helped to fund-raise for it. The result is a World Class 200m bitumen banked track. It replaced the original 166 metre track that was built in 1974.

Skate Park

If the children want to skateboard, this is the ideal place to come. Located at the Caroline Bay, is a great skate park where you can be inspired by young skaters, practicing their skills, and be entertained watching talented young boarders.

There are rails, ramps, steps and plenty of smooth concrete surfaces there for use.We recommend that skaters wear a helmet and knee pads to provide body protection.

Walkways & Cycleways – mountain bike hire available at the park; the following maps give full details of route and sites you will see on the way.

Follow us on Facebook