"MY HOME TOWN!" Top 5 Page for this destination Timaru by tinkabel

Timaru Travel Guide: 55 reviews and 145 photos

This is my home town, even though I'm not living here at the moment I'm still proud that this is where I grew up!
Timaru is a small city on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. With a population of about 28,000.
Timaru is famous for its Swandry factory and Caroline Bay. Caroline Bay has been a holiday spot for many New Zealanders for the last hundred years, each Christmas there is a Carnival that starts on Boxing day (26 dec) every year, with concerts and amusement park type rides (no rollercoasters though.)
Timaru is considered the doorway to the Southern Alps.
It has 5 high schools and several primaries.
Its Architecture is mainly Edwardian

From the sea to the hill

Timaru is one of the few places in the world where you can stand on the beach and look back and see the mountains covered in snow.
the great open spaces of the sky and hills rolling into mountains in the distance. Its a differnt sort of beauty.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:My mum lives there!!! :)
  • Cons:COLD! Winter temps as low as -5 degrees C.
  • In a nutshell:HOME! Very welcoming small town makes any stranger feel at home.
  • Last visit to Timaru: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Marywhotravels's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Nice page! I hope to visit Timaru someday. Sounds lovely!

  • Jan 28, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Caroline Bay could be beautiful.Truth is it is right next to a working port detracting from it's potential. Sand needs churning in summer. Do you have to go up to the piazza for drinks?Couldn't see anything on the beach.Picnic benches full wind force!

  • fishandchips's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2006 at 2:16 PM

    Nice tips & piccys - lots of snow here at the moment!!

  • austarman's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    Happy birthday from across the ditch.Love your Timaru page.

  • charlesyou's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2004 at 7:33 PM

    Happy great birthday:-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2004 at 10:57 PM

    yes I like down there in Timaru, nice people, good food...fine page, Greetings from CHCH

  • mountainpoet's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2003 at 8:08 AM

    I was born in Timaru. Great to see it's made it onto VT! It was last place I visited when I was home in NZ. You have a Great Page!!!! Thanks

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2003 at 12:55 AM

    Nice home town page, Rachael... I only passed thru here once, love to come back in the winter for skiing, thanks...

  • rdalumpines's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2003 at 2:50 AM

    mabuhay! great pics. i like it....

  • genispp's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2003 at 2:36 PM

    Beautiful page: good info and photos


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