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What are the best things to do in Timaru?
South Canterbury Museum
Learn about Timaru and the surrounding region at the South Canterbury Museum. The museum offers insight on local history and culture to visitors holidaying on flights to Timaru. Browse different exhibits and artefacts that chronicle South Canterbury, including fossils, rare shells, Maori tools, pottery, and Edwardian-era clothing. The museum is free to anyone visiting South Canterbury with return flights to Timaru, but gold coin donations are encouraged.
Caroline Bay is a beautiful beach in northern Timaru. It’s a popular spot for lounging on the beach and swimming, but there are many other things to enjoy around Caroline Bay too. There are contemporary art sculptures, an aviary of exotic birds, and a lighthouse. Visit Caroline Bay at sunset to see its colony of Little Blue Penguins returning to their nests. There’s also a carnival that pops up at Caroline Bay for a few weeks each year; a great day out if you visit on cheap flights to Timaru in January.
South Beach Coastal Track
There are dozens of hiking trails to explore while visiting the Canterbury region on flights to Timaru. The South Beach Coastal Track is a popular one to enjoy without even leaving the city limits. The trail hugs the coast between Patiti Point and Timaru Harbour in the CBD. The walk is a quick 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) long, and there’s gorgeous scenery to take in along the way, with the rugged coastline on one side and native plants on the other.
What is the best way to get around Timaru?
Timaru’s CBD is walkable and buses are available, but a car is the best way to get around when you book airfare to Timaru. Have a look at rental cars available through Webjet after you’ve booked tickets to Timaru. Pick a car and date range, and the car will be ready for you once you arrive into Timaru Airport (TIU).
The bus is an option if you won’t be renting a car while holidaying on cheap flights to Timaru. There are four routes, with each one passing through the CBD and travelling into the suburbs. There’s limited Saturday service and no Sunday buses, so a car is the best option if you book tickets to Timaru over the weekend.
What are Timaru’s best cafes and restaurants?
This CBD spot is the perfect place to unwind with a great meal or drink while holidaying on flights to Timaru. It’s divided into three sections – a stylish bar with local wine and craft beer, a casual brasserie, and a more formal dining room. The Oxford focuses on simple but delicious modern NZ cuisine with dishes like High Country smoked salmon, crumbed sole fillets, and grilled ribeye steak. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily as well as a brunch that you can enjoy if you book airfare to Timaru over the weekend.
Zest is one of the best places to grab Italian food while holidaying on return flights to Timaru. It’s a casual eatery that’s one of the most popular among locals. Order one of Zest’s 16 gourmet pizzas, main dishes like chicken parmigiana or creamy pasta with bacon, and decadent desserts to finish off your meal. The restaurant is located inside a former church hall. Order your food and a drink to sit inside by the fire or outside in the Zest courtyard.
Replenish is a stylish cafe on Timaru’s main CBD street. There’s an extensive menu that has something to offer everyone holidaying on flights to Timaru, whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, a meat-eater, or gluten-free. Grab one of the tasty coffee drinks and a piece of cake if you’re after a quick snack, or you might order a hearty brunch before a day of exploring South Canterbury. Visit Replenish Cafe in between your return flights to Timaru for delicious dishes like acai bowls, chicken avocado salads, and eggs benedict.
How much time should I spend in Timaru?
A long weekend getaway will give you time to see and do everything that Timaru has to offer. Base yourself in the city for about three days after arriving into Timaru Airport (TIU). Take time to explore attractions around the centre, then hop into a rental car to explore the South Canterbury region’s stunning coastline and national parks as day trips. Consider booking cheap flights to Timaru for five to seven days if you’re looking to extend your Canterbury explorations. Stay in the city for part of the time, then venture inland to places like Mount Cook and Tekapo where you’ll be surrounded by outdoor adventures in the Southern Alps.