Timaru is a bolshie city that has that Sydney style. Oamaru is a Melbourne equivalent. Oamaru appears planned and Timaru would seem to have just happened. Melbourne has wide streets and boulevards; Sydney narrow and congested and thatís Timaru. Timaruians would love this comparison as they are noisier and happy residents.

The problem with Timaru is everything is spread out and nothing flows, and poor signage makes for difficulty, without a visit to the info office, to locate the key attractions or sites.

Timaru also has a waterfront that has recently been upgraded and is a great meeting and social area and Timaru is one of the major cargo ports of the South Island, with a number of light manufacturing plants associated with the export and import trade.

Timaru also has a suburban shopping centre that has pulled a lot of business from the cbd area, but Timaru is far enough away from Christchurch not to have business pulling away from the bigger centre.

European settlement began with the construction of a whaling station in 1839 by the Weller brothers of Otago at Patiti Point, close to the present town centre. A supply ship, the Caroline provided the name for a local bay.

Timaru, in keeping with most Sth Island towns appears to have sent disproportionate soldiers to all of the wars. The Memorials located in the Botanic Gardens.

The Timaru Museum is one of the best visited and is a must.

The Churches and Roman Catholic Basilica are all significant commanding structures.

A number of old hotels are still operating, but from an economic perspective are struggling and closures appear evident.

Timaru will require up to three days to enjoy and to make the most of the tourist offers.


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