Temuka is a satellite suburb of the Timaru and the town has all of the essential services that service this community. Temuka jointly with Timaru service the rural, light industrial and fishing economies of the region. Temuka though has no tourist traffic lights that may determine a stopover. Temuka is partly by-passed by state highway one that encourages the township cbd is not considered.

Temuka though has some attractions going for it, not the least the Museum. The Museum is open most days. The Museum also covers Temuka's early history.

At one time it supported wool scouring plants; it had a flour mill and manufactured electric power transmission insulators.

The name Te umu kaha (original spelling) means long-lasting ovens, from the earth ovens that Maori people used to cook the plentifully-growing cabbage trees.

Temuka has a number of Hotels that in the past looked after travelers before getting to the larger Timaru.

Temuka has some grand church buildings.

The War Memorial is located at the community grounds and not central.

Temuka is a nice stop off for a coffee/drink before proceeding to the next destination. The Museum will help the rest.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course