Cruises to Timaru


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Noordam 23 Nov 2025 14 nights Fly Cruise Auckland

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Itinerary: Auckland - Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand - Napier - Picton - Lyttelton - Timaru - Port Chalmers (Dunedin) - Cruising Fiordland National Park - Hobart - Melbourne - Sydney,...
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Noordam 15 Feb 2026 14 nights Fly Cruise Sydney

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Itinerary: Sydney, Australia - Melbourne - Burnie - Milford Sound, New Zealand - Fiordland Natl Park - Port Chalmers (Dunedin) - Timaru - Wellington - Napier - Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand…
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Noordam 01 Feb 2026 14 nights Fly Cruise Auckland

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Itinerary: Auckland - Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand - Napier - Wellington - Timaru - Port Chalmers (Dunedin) - Hobart - Burnie - Melbourne - Sydney, Australia
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What to see in Timaru

Timaru, nestled on New Zealand's South Island east coast, exudes a charming blend of coastal beauty, historic architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. With its stunning beaches, scenic parks and bustling harbour, Timaru offers visitors a delightful mix of relaxation, exploration and seaside charm.

Timaru is blessed with several beautiful beaches that are perfect for relaxation and recreation. Caroline Bay, the town's most iconic beach, is a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. With its golden sands, crystal-clear waters and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Caroline Bay offers visitors the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking with family and friends. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and soak up the sun while enjoying the stunning coastal scenery. During the summer months, Caroline Bay comes alive with activities such as beach volleyball tournaments, sandcastle competitions and outdoor concerts, making it a vibrant hub of community life and seaside fun.

Timaru is home to a wealth of historic architecture and cultural landmarks that offer insight into the town's rich heritage and vibrant community spirit. Take a walk through the town centre and admire the elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings that line the streets, including the iconic Carnegie Library, the majestic Theatre Royal and the historic Landing Service Building. Explore the South Canterbury Museum, housed in a beautiful heritage building, to learn about the history and culture of the region through fascinating exhibits, artefacts and interactive displays. Discover the stories of Maori settlement, European exploration and colonial development that have shaped Timaru's identity over the centuries.

Timaru and its surrounding region offer a wealth of outdoor adventures and nature attractions for visitors to explore. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic walk or tramp along one of the area's many nature trails, such as the Centennial Park Walkway or the Te Ana Coastal Walkway, which offer stunning views of the coastline, cliffs and countryside. For thrill-seekers, Timaru also offers opportunities for mountain biking, rock climbing and water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing. Explore the rugged coastline by sea kayak or join a guided boat tour to spot dolphins, seals and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat.


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