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