Top things to do in Timaru

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 temporary exhibitions staged by the gallery's ardent supporters…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Timaru

Oxford

This sophisticated corner restaurant honours its 1925 building with stylish monochrome decor and a feature wall commemorating the day Timaru went bust. The menu offers high-class comfort food, starring local produce…
Park in Timaru

Caroline Bay Park

Fronting the town, this expansive park ranges over an Edwardian-style garden under the Bay Hill cliff, then across broad lawns to low sand dunes and the beach itself. It has something for everyone between the playgr…
Church in Timaru

Sacred Heart Basilica

Roman Catholic with a definite emphasis on the Roman, this beautiful neoclassical church (1911) impresses with multiple domes, Ionian columns and richly coloured stained glass. Its architect, Francis Petre, also des…
Japanese in Timaru

Koji

Despite its unassuming exterior, this split-level restaurant does a jolly good job of creating a Japanese vibe. Sit in the downstairs dining room or at the cute bar, or better still head up to the upper level and wa…
Cafe in Timaru

Arthur Street Kitchen

Timaru's hippest coffee house follows the recipe for success: namely great coffee, contemporary cafe fare, good tunes and a mix of arty inside and sunny outside seating. Made with flair and care, the food offering i…
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 floral displays. With luck you'll arrive during rhododendron or ros…
Gardens in Timaru

Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden

Rose aficionados should visit the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden, where almost 1200 romantic blooms are set around arbours and water features. The finest displays are from December to February. It's a fragrant place t…
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 at 2pm, November to April) to see isolated rock art in …
Cultural in Timaru

Timaru Festival of Roses

Featuring a market day, concerts and family fun, this week-long celebration capitalises on Timaru's obsession with all things rosy. The festival is held annually for one week at the end of November or early December…