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South Canterbury is brimming with interesting history - our Maori and European heritage tells many stories. Originally a safe haven for the weary Maori travellers who canoed along the often treacherous and shelterless coastline, Timaru was briefly settled as a whaling station in the late 1830s.  Timaru was sparsely populated until 1858 when the English ship Strathallan arrived with 120 immigrants.  Many descendants of the original settlers still live in the region today.  The town has grown around its port and agricultural beginnings and now embraces strong manufacturing and service sectors as well.

Home of ancient Maori Rock art

Long known for its rolling hills, stunning mountain views and relaxed pace of life, the South Canterbury region hides a lesser known secret of enormous cultural and historical significance.  Ancient limestone caves and overhanging rock shelves have formed hundreds of ancient natural art galleries, used for centuries by local Maori to tell the stories of their lives and pass a legacy of precious information down through the generations.  Visit Te Ana, the world’s only Maori Rock Art Centre and then join a Te Ana Rock Art Tour to explore the regions hidden gems and follow the same paths as the people who created the rock art – a journey through time, seasons, earthly and spiritual worlds.

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Timaru District Council Telephone: 03 687 7200

Upcoming Events
The Big Bike Film Night
  • 10th Mar-24th May '19
  • Throughout various Motorhome Friendly Towns
Adam McGrath - Ragged Ramble Tour 2019
  • 6th Apr-26th May '19
  • Throughout various MHF Towns
Canterbury Folk Festival 2019
  • 19th-22nd Apr '19
  • Waipara
2019 Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow 2019
  • 19th-21st Apr '19
  • Blenheim, Marlborough
Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival 2019
  • 23rd-28th Apr '19
  • Arrowtown
Hororata Night Glow 2019
  • Sat, 18th May '19
  • Horoata
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Walking and cycling trails

Waihao River Walkway

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 1.8
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Featured Story

The Incredible True Story of Phar Lap

Phar Lap, often proclaimed the greatest racehorse the world has ever seen, was a racing legend born in Timaru.  The horse remains a hero in the eyes of New Zealanders and Australians almost 80 years after his death.

The gangly chestnut, affectionately known as “Big Red”, was born on 4 October 1926 at Seadown near Timaru.  From shaky beginnings where he …

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