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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Route
“Our local Beach and park...take a swim or a walk During summer you can spot Blue Penguins nesting at the southern end of the beach, on night-fall”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
“This is just a 2 min walk up the hill and you're there. Drop in on your way down to Caroline Bay (which is a further 3 min walk from there.)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“There is a great cafe here, super cheap... $5 breakfasts (banan pancakes, egg n bacon on toast etc) and then you can do your grocery shopping, lowest supermarket prices in Timaru”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
“Playgrounds, Rose garden, sand, sand and more beautiful sand, great and safe for both adults and children's play. Awesome scenery looking back to the city from standing on the water's edge. Romantic. Walk straight up the concrete steps to lovely bar and cafes (or take the lift up which is by the rose garden...by following the concrete path, its to your left if you have your back to the sea) ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
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  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Gym fitness classes (look up their timetable) weights, aerobics, yoga, tone classes, cross training, a fully equipped gym and swimming pools, hydro-slide, spa, steam room etc. Cafe. Something for all ages/abilities. Great small children's water play area”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great pizzas and meals. Excellent service and staff. Great outdoor dining area.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Timaru History. Its near to the main street of Timaru for cafes and shopping etc so why not pop in. Small and quick visit”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and service. very good coffee and relaxed atmosphere. They make a fantastic macaroni and cheese meal.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“Learn about the history of the Maori people and enjoy the diverse art and culture.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Ballantynes holds a wide variety or quality goods, located less than 5 minutes walk from the accommodation.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“This large park has several walkways easy and difficult. There are mountain bike tracks and an epic little space for BMX bike tricks. There is vehicle access through the middle with a carpark near the small lake.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend