Christchurch - Canterbury


  • Caroline Bay
  • South Canterbury Museum
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery


  • by car:

    2 hours 15 mins from Christchurch

  • by car:

    2.5 hours from Dunedin

Take a break in Timaru and enjoy the beachside attractions of Caroline Bay. You'll find botanic gardens, an aviary and wonderful walks

Christchurch - Canterbury
Caroline Bay Carnival, Christchurch - Canterbury

The second largest city in Canterbury, Timaru sits about midway between Christchurch and Dunedin. It has everything you need for a pleasant stopover. Caroline Bay has a safe swimming beach, botanic gardens, a landscaped piazza and wonderful walks. On Boxing Day every year, generations of kiwis and expats flock to this Bay for the summer carnival. 

A collection of restaurants and cafés links the beach to the main shopping area. If you’re thirsty, consider a tour of the local brewery. The city’s excellent museum has moa-hunter artefacts and all kinds of whaling relics; the art gallery holds the third largest public art collection in the South Island. Timaru has many grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings, constructed in local volcanic bluestone.

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