The townships of Rhodestown and Government town (Proposed by the Government, situated south of North Street) jealously competed until the areas were Incorporated as a borough in 1868.
Development of an artificial harbour was begun in 1877, but ships continued to be wrecked in the bay into the next decade.
Sport has an important role to play in the daily lives of Timaru District families.
Visitors are always welcome at the District's seven golf courses.
Timaru boasts many points of interest, including one of the largest man-made harbours in the world; the last remaining landing service building in the southern hemisphere; the famous and very safe beach of Caroline Bay, beautiful churches, gardens and parks, Edwardian architecture, theatre, art gallery and Museum.
Book your Hotel online or View all accommodation options here Timaru sits at the doorstep of many inland lakes where sailing, water skiing, boating, windsurfing and fishing are popular summer pastimes.
Holiday-makers have been flocking to this stretch of sandy, safe beach for more than 100 years.Moderately-priced real estate, good medical services, excellent educational facilities, an abundance of sporting and recreational facilities and a friendly community all contribute to make Timaru District a welcoming and attractive destination. A huge variety of flowers, including Calla lilies and peony roses are grown for both the domestic and export markets.Timaru Guide Golf Walking Tracks Surf Timaru is strategically and centrally located on major transport arteries.Attractive towns, lush pasture, rolling downlands, green hills and clean rivers lie in the lee of New Zealand's magnificent Southern Alps in the west.The District's north and south boundaries are naturally defined by two rivers, the Rangitata and the Pareora, both known for good fishing and swimming.Timaru, the urban hub of the Central South Island, has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years.Now that the island’s main highway no longer flows down its main street, Timaru residents have been able to reclaim the town’s Edwardian heart.Vibrant plantings of flowers and trees, and a more people-friendly landscape of paved areas, seating and vantage points from which to enjoy the city’s setting between ocean and alps make Timaru a great place to live and visit.The striking piazza, with its stunning views that stretch from Caroline Bay across to the snow-clad mountains, is complemented by the development of numerous café-bars and restaurants that have taken advantage of this superb setting.The Local timaru Hospital is located on Queen Street.Timaru District sits at the doorstep of many inland lakes where sailing, water skiing, boating, windsurfing and fishing are popular summer pastimes.