Ep05 – Exploring Timaru and the South Canterbury hinterland


There’s no question that Timaru lives and breathes the sea. Caroline Bay was actually one of our first beaches modelled on an English seaside resort, and it’s the only sandy beach between Banks Peninsula and North Otago, so for generations it’s been a tractor beam for family holidays and a super safe beach to swim in. We highlight the best places to shop and nosh in Timaru.

Caroline Bay, Timaru
Caroline Bar, Timaru. Photo – Mike Yardley

Heritage & Culture in Timaru. Oamaru’s stirring collection of neo-classical whitestone buildings routinely overshadows Timaru’s trove of period architecture, but you’ll struggle to find such complete and extensive character streetscapes quite like Timaru’s vast assortment of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Plus we highlight the museums and galleries you must not miss, headlined by Te Ana Maori rock art.

Maori rock art, Timaru
Maori rock art, Timaru. Photo – Mike Yardley

Meet the locals. Venture Timaru’s Operations Manager, Di Hay, talks to Mike about what drew her to Timaru, how the city is faring in the age of Covid, plus she’s brimming with top insider tips on must-sees and must-dos on the city and across the region.

Landing services building, Timaru
Landing services building, Timaru. Photo – Mike Yardley

When you’ve had your fill of city sights in Timaru, take a jaunt to some of the charming nearby townships, like Pleasant Point. Train buffs love this place. Then it’s on to the bountiful town of Geraldine, home to Barker’s of Geraldine. Their amazing new food store and eatery is packed with “tasting room” temptations and inspiration.

Pleasant point railway, Timaru
Pleasant Point Railway, Timaru. Photo – Mike Yardley
  • 1:00 Caroline Bay
  • 7:45 Traversing the main street of Timaru
  • 15:45 Chat with Di Hay of Venture Timaru
  • 28:00 Exploring South Canterbury townships

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