28 The Bay Hill Timaru, Timaru, South Island, 8601, New Zealand
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Timaru from Caroline Bay
The Landing Services Building houses the i-site.
Cain infront of the Tourist centre.
Fountain at the Piazza.
Travel Tips for Timaru
Small town - big heart
Timaru is not too big as towns go though it isn't really small. The main street has been redesigned so you can bypass the busy shopping area if you just want ot quickly pass through. There are a couple of good cafes here if you need a stop and Caroline Bay is nice if you need to wet your feet before carrying on with your journey.
Timaru Festival of Roses in November
The Festival of Roses is one of the big annual events in town. It takes place on eight days each November. The dates for 2009 are 20 to 29 November. The theme for the 2009 is: The Four Corners of the Earth.
It is held to celebrate the arrival of summer and the city’s special love for the rose. Timaru’s pride is the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden in Caroline Bay, just off the city centre. And there is also a nice Rose Garden in the Botanical Gardens.
During the Festival of Roses you can get into a lot of activities, like organised walks, talks, tours, exhibitions and displays, art, theatre, as well as competitions, shows and family fun. Please note that you need tickets for some of the events.
The highlight of the Festival is the Roses on the Bay Market Day with 150 stalls, all day entertainment, and food. A small fee for tickets applies, children free.
Our drive to the Lake started off very good, but by the time we reached Lake Tekapo, the weather was not the best. The wind had come up in this area, and was blowing our Camper Van around, and the Lake, well, it wasn't like any of the lovely photo's I had seen. It was like the ocean with heaps of white caps and not a pretty blue! What a disappointment, but you can't do anything about the weather!
We did see the Sheep Dog statue on the lake’s edge, which is in memory of the hardy mustering dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountainous country would be impossible.”
Nearby is The Church of the Good Shepherd built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Congregations of the three main faiths worship in this Church. If it is open, which it wasn't when we were there, the views of the lake and mountains through the altar window are meant to be beautiful!
Nail your Shoes to the Shoe Tree in Temuka
If we did not have friends in Temuka, a nice, little town north of Timaru, and if they had not told us to turn our heads when we passed it, we would not have noticed this extraordinary tree. Yes, they have a shoe tree in Temuka! The trunk is covered in all kinds of shoes, from jogging shoes to high-heels, and it is amazing to which height people got to nail their shoes to the giant pine tree.
It started in the mid nineties, a bit like the famous and now demolished bra fence in Cardrona. Somebody nailed a pair of shoes to the trunk, probably after one drink too many, and others found it so funny that they followed the example, and now you can admire an impressive collection of footwear. It is a bit like an open-air museum for shoes.
The tree is located at the Domain, on Domain Avenue, opposite Gammack Street.
If you travel south on State Highway 1, you turn left right after the town centre, into Domain Avenue. There is also a yellow sign indicating "Holiday Park". The Domain and the tree are on the right side, half way down the Domain.
On the way back to SH1 you can turn left after the Domain and have a look and/or relax at the Torepe Fields which is another big park. It is named after a very distinguished Maori leader.
Timaru is located high above Caroline Bay – but they have a very practical access to the beach from the city.
From a little square named Piazza – on The Bay Hill - a rather monstruous and not very attractive airy staircase construction leads down over several levels. Those who do not want or cannot walk down can take the lift.
At the bottom you step right into the Trevor Griffith’s Rose Garden, and from there you can make your way either towards Marine Parade or to the Benvenue Cliffs and Maori Park. And in the centre of everything is Caroline Bay.