Street Art

We love our vibrant, and growing collection, of street art!

Street art has been transforming urban landscapes and communities globally.  It energises and inspires, it adds vibrancy to otherwise generic cityscapes.

Timaru's street art project has been undertaken by the legends at the Timaru Civic Trust and Alive Vibrant Timaru.

So go on, wander around the Timaru CBD and get your selfie on at these cool sites.


Plankton by Toothfish.  Photo by Ash Ronald, Alive Vibrant Timaru.
Sophia Street/Royal Arcade

Toothfish's Plankton

Painted by Dunedin environmental activist and artist "Toothfish".  This stunning red, environment themed mural, incorporates plant and plankton images.

His artist statement said that plankton were the “bedrock” of the ocean food chain, as well as the driving force of the carbon cycle.

“Humans burn coal and oil derived from the remains of prehistoric plankton and a good percentage of the carbon released in this process is sucked up by plant plankton in the ocean, who produce oxygen for us to breathe.”

While you're in the area, wander down the historic Royal Arcade, constructed in the late 1880s.  It's now home to a row of offices, boutique new and second hand clothing stores, Artma's spiritual gallery, hair salons, and Rasa Asia's delicious food.


Mt Cook Lilys by Aroha Novak.  Photo by Ash Ronald, Alive Vibrant Timaru.
Community House Strathallan Street

Aroha Novak's Mt Cook Lily

Dunedin artist Aroha Novak’s mural – on the side of Community House in Strathallan St – also has a nature theme in the form of Mt Cook lilies painted to resemble wallpaper.

Novak said it was a nostalgic reference to the Mt Cook Airlines logo, which featured the Mt Cook lily.

A few doors down you'll find the crew at the Ship Hop Brewery.  They are open on Fridays from lunchtime until around 7pm. And if you're in need of a decent steak, check out Customs Steak House.

The carpark is also the site of the Timaru Farmers market - held every Saturday, rain or shine.


The Shelter by Flox.  Photo by Ash Ronald, Alive Vibrant Timaru.
Painted on the back of Hector Blacks.  Can be viewed in the Landing Services area George Street.

Flox's The Shelter

Internationally renowned street artist Hayley King, aka Flox, came to Timaru and completed her epic mural in just four days.

Her artist statement said her environmentally themed artwork referenced the area, including paying homage to Timaru’s original name, “Te Maru” (the Shelter).  Represented in the stunning mural are the cabbage tree, a huia, moa skeleton, long-tailed bat, weta, and mudfish against the backdrop of the mountains and Caroline Bay.

"It's just a celebration of the natural world."

The area around here is historic and there's so much to do.  You have plenty of choices in eateries including Naruwan, Koji Tepanyaki and Grill, The Street food Kitchen, Speights Ale House, Hector Blacks and The Oxford.

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre is a must-do interactive cultural experience, which is in the same area of the historic Landing Services Building as the Information Centre.


You can find this epic Zoe Sturm mural inside Mocca Cafe.

Everytime you look at it you'll find something new that you recognise and can place locally.  Zoe's brief was to create a Timaru themed art piece, she estimates it took around 61 hours to complete.

Zoe was inspired by her own experience of living in Timaru, "Timaru has a lot to offer and a lot of uniqueness, like in the architecture of the buildings".


Artist Jesse Johnson painted this epic street art as part of the Alive Vibrant Timaru project.  He's recently repainted it, see below.  You can find it up the top of the Bay Hill, on the corner of Bay Hill and Sefton Street.  There's an area with picnic tables and seats, and fantastic views over Caroline Bay and the Southern Alps.  A pop-up bar is coming to this space soon!


Anthony Fowler's contribution to Alive Vibrant Timaru hangs pride of place at Street Food Kitchen