Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Timaru

Aigantighe Art Gallery

One of the South Island’s largest public galleries, this 1908 mansion houses a notable collection of NZ and European art across various eras, alongside changing exhibitions staged by the gallery's ardent supporters.…
Top Choice Museum in Aoraki (Mt Cook) National Park

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre

Arguably the best DOC visitor centre in NZ. It not only dispatches all necessary information and advice on tramping routes and weather conditions, it also houses excellent displays on the park's natural and human hi…
Church in Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

The prime disgorging point for tour buses, this interdenominational lakeside church was built of stone and oak in 1935. A picture window behind the altar gives churchgoers a distractingly divine view of lake and mou…
Gardens in Timaru

Timaru Botanic Gardens

Established in 1864, these gardens are a restful place to while away an hour or two, with a pond, lush lawns, shady trees, a playground and vibrant plant collections. With luck you'll arrive during rhododendron or r…
Museum in Timaru

Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre

Passionate Ngāi Tahu guides bring this innovative multimedia exhibition about Māori rock paintings to life. You can also take a three-hour excursion (departing 2pm, November to April) to see isolated rock art in sit…
Museum in Aoraki (Mt Cook) National Park

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

This multimedia museum opened just three weeks before the January 2008 death of the man widely regarded as the greatest New Zealander of all time. Sir Ed's commentary tracks were recorded only a few months before he…
Museum in Timaru

South Canterbury Museum

Historic and natural artefacts of the region are displayed here. Highlights include the Māori section and a replica of the aeroplane designed and flown by local pioneer aviator and inventor Richard Pearse. It's spec…
Museum in Fairlie

Fairlie Heritage Museum

A somewhat dusty window on to rural NZ of old, this museum endears with its farm machinery, model aeroplanes, dodgy dioramas and the generally random. Highlights include the home-spun gyrocopter, historic cottage, a…
Museum in Geraldine

Vintage Car & Machinery Museum

You don't have to be a rev-head to enjoy this vintage car collection featuring a 1907 De Dion-Bouton and a gleaming 1926 Bentley. There's also a purpose-built Daimler used for the 1954 royal tour, plus some very nic…
Museum in Geraldine

Geraldine Museum

Occupying the photogenic Town Board Office building (1885), and sporting a new side wing, this cute little museum tells the town's story with an eclectic mix of exhibits, including an extensive collection of photogr…