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Timaru is located in South Canterbury, located between Christchurch and Dunedin on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. From the peak of Aoraki Mount Cook to the sandy beaches of Caroline Bay, Timaru is unique in what it has to offer in the hinterland. Iconic trips like a visit to Mount Cook or Mesopotamia, the Victorian Oamaru experience and the rock art are definitely drawcards that set it apart from other ports. Of highlight would be the Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre which houses the world’s biggest collection of Maori Rock Art.

Arrival Port
Primeport Timaru

All tide access, 24 hour pilotage service, Maximum draft 11.6m

Entrance Channel: 10.8m (current 10.5m)

High Water Draft: 11.4m
Low water Draft: 9.7m

North Mole Berth Pocket: 11.8m

Max theoretical draft: 11.67m
(Note: Largest to date is with “Patricia Schulte” at 11.55m )

All depths expressed as at Chart Datum.

Longest vessel handled to date is “Balthazar Schulte” at 261m LOA.

Two tugs: i) “Aoraki” 42 tonne bollard pull and ii) “Te Maru” 35 tonne bollard pull

Pilot launch: “Ohau” (5 tonne bollard pull)

Gateway to
South Canterbury including Timaru, Geraldine, Peel Forest, Pleasant Point, Temuka and Waimate.
Timaru is a 3 hour drive to Mount Cook.

Distance to the city
Cruise ships berth on the water’s edge of town and is a short 5 minute shuttle bus ride or a 500 metre walk to the town centre and i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Shuttle Bus
A shuttle bus service is provided to take you from the cruise berth to the i-SITE Visitor Centre in the central part of town.

Taxi Service
Timaru Taxis, +64 3 688 8899 4 or Freephone 0800 846 829

Public Bus Service
Metro Bus – Enquire at Timaru i-SITE Visitor Centre, 2 George Street, +64 3 688 4452 for more information.

ATM machines/ Banks
ATM machines and banks can be found all around city centre.

Shopping Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am to 5.30pm
Weekends 10am to 4pm

Nearest Supermarket

  • Countdown, Church Street, +64 3 688 3136
  • Countdown, Browne Street, + 64 3 688 9143

Nearest Internet Café
Free Wi-Fi is provided at:

  • Stafford Street shopping area
  • The Speight’s Ale House
  • Coffee Culture Cafe
  • Timaru Public Library

Off the Rail Café, Station Street (5 minutes walk), +64 688 3594, opposite the Timaru i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Post Office
Post Shop, 21 Strathallan Street, Timaru (5 minutes walk), + 64 3 686 6039

Summer: High of 73F (23°C), low of 59F (15°C)
Winter: High of 57F (14°C), low of 43F (6°C)
Average rainfall of 600mm and average sunshine of 2000 hours per annum.

Visitor Information
Timaru i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Landing Services Building, 2 George Street, +64 3 687 9997

What is Timaru known for?
Outdoor activities, Maori Rock Art, Temuka Pottery, art galleries and local museums, Caroline Bay, Geraldine and Peel Forest areas, river rafting, kayaking, hiking, horse riding, fishing, scenic flights, heritage architecture, shopping including merino wool products, high country sheep stations, gateway to the Aoraki Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and Mackenzie regions.

Attractions & Activities

  • Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre and tours to Maori Rock Art sites
  • Caroline Bay- beachfront & boardwalks
  • South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery
  • South Canterbury Museum
  • Temuka Pottery
  • Geraldine Boutique Village
  • DB Brewery Tour
  • Timaru Botanic Gardens
  • Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden – over 1200 rose varieties in an architecturally designed setting

To learn more about the Timaru District and South Canterbury, visit

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