Top 5 Family Activities In Timaru

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If you’re on the lookout for a family holiday destination with something for every family member, look no further than Timaru District! Discover rich cultural heritage, a plethora of family-friendly activities, and wildlife experiences for a holiday to remember.

To inspire your next getaway, check out our top five reasons to treat the family to a holiday in Timaru District.

Please note: Venue information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with individual venues for the latest opening dates, times, prices, etc, before making plans.

1. Discover New Zealand’s largest playground

CPlay Playground Timaru

Did you know that Timaru features New Zealand’s largest playground? Located at Caroline Bay at Timaru’s seaside, CPlay playground provides enjoyment and thrills for all ages and abilities.  Discover the lighthouse tower, shipwreck, lava pools, and other attractions, delving into the rich history and narratives of the Timaru District, encompassing local Māori heritage, whaling and shipwreck tales, and geological formations.

Interactive and welcoming to all, CPlay is an essential destination for families this school holiday season.

Discover CPlay’s fun

2. Take in the sights with Real Kiwi Horse Trekking

Real Kiwi Horse Trekking

Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s untouched beauty on horseback with Real Kiwi Horse Trekking. The custom trail rides take you through stunning wilderness landscapes, with panoramic views of mountains, glacial rivers, and the Canterbury Plains.

Located just off the route between Geraldine and Fairlie, and only an hour from Timaru, Real Kiwi Horse Trekking offers adventures for all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned rider, they have rides ranging from one-hour to multi-day excursions.

Explore breathtaking backcountry scenery on this private high-country station, suitable for riders as young as four years old.

Explore the trekking options

3. Explore the Timaru District’s outdoor wilderness

Timaru - walk, swim, bike

The Timaru District features over 30 walking and cycling trails spanning from a few minutes to full day adventures.

Take the crystal coastline trails of Timaru city, explore Geraldine’s native Talbot Forest or take in the wonders of Peel Forest featuring over 10 different trails leading to mountain tops and waterfalls.

Take in the trails by foot or bike with pedal bike and e-bike hire available across the district.

Plan your adventure

4. Step back in time at one of Timaru District’s museums

Timaru museums

Discover the Timaru District’s rich tapestry of art, culture, and history with over 10 museums showcasing our local heritage. From Māori rock art to vintage machinery, aviation, railways, and military exhibits, there’s something to fascinate the whole family.

Geraldine village, a museum hub, hosts five museums within its limits, inviting visitors to embark on a captivating museum trail.

Unearth the stories that have shaped this community and immerse yourself in the diverse offerings of the Timaru District’s museum scene.

Plan your visits

5. Meet the locals with an animal experience

Timaru animal experiences

Indulge your love for adorable animals with one of the fantastic animal and wildlife encounters available in the Timaru District.

Visit one of the local farmyards for an up-close cuddle session, or dive into an unforgettable adventure with the Raptor Experience, where you can interact with majestic birds of prey in a thrilling and educational setting.

Discover the options

Plan your family getaway to Timaru District

Made up of rural farmland, rugged coast and sandy beaches, Timaru District includes the city of Timaru, and the towns of Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Temuka. From its fabulous coastal location, Timaru District is also the perfect base to explore the stunning landscapes of the central South Island. To plan your holiday, visit WeLoveTimaru.NZ.

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Written by Kidspot New Zealand with information provided by Venture Timaru.

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