"Where "The legendary PHAR LAP" WAS BORN" Top 5 Page for this destination Timaru by balhannah

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TIMARU (Place of Shelter)

A easy 2 hours drive from Christchurch and you are at Timaru. Its located on Caroline Bay, which is very popular with New Zealanders because of its sandy, safe beach.

The Information Centre is located at 2 George Street.

The Past.............

It was a Whaling station for a litte while in 1838, and later, sheep were introduced.


The Trevor Griffiths Rose garden is located at the foot of the Timaru Piazza, near Caroline Bay. Trevor spent more than 50 years creating the World's third largest collection of old Roses at his Nursery near Temuka. There are a series of steps to walk down from the top to the bottom.
The Botanic gardens also has a good display of Roses.
In November, the "Timaru Festival of Roses" is held.

  • Last visit to Timaru: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Hi Dee, Thanks for visiting my Bath page. You have a great page here, I loved reading about Phar lap and the ill fated Captain Cain.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    oh yes, we know Phar Lap well! lots of intresting stories here, Dee! and such a FAB lead photo!

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    Hm, never heard of Phar Lap. The church looks nice, and the rose garden probably is great also!


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