School Holiday Activities

Needing some inspiration for July school holiday activities?

It's that time of year again.........we're compiling our comprehensive list of all things school holiday related in Timaru District.

Check back soon as we are regularly adding activities to this list.

Please get in touch if there's something we're missing.

1. Find a WuHoo

For free family fun at its best, check out WuHoo Timaru.

Head to the WuHoo Timaru website for a treasure trove of scavenger hunts, playground challenges, driving trails and much much more.

Check out the recently released Caroline Bay Scavenger Hunt.  It will have you exploring all corners of the bay reserve and learning a lot about our history while you're at it!

WuHoo Timaru is a 100% voluntary project by the amazing Fauth family.

2. Watch a live show

The Cat in the Hat live on stage.

The Cat in the Hat performed a sold out tour of New Zealand in 2018 and has  been touring Australia since 2019.

Two shows are being held at Timaru Girls' High School, on Wednesday July 8, at 11am and 2pm.

Curtains - The Musical Comedy Whodunit.

Cruise into the 1950's world of musical theatre at its best in the Juniors - High School production of Curtains - the musical comedy Whodunnit. Just too good to miss!!! from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret

July 8 - 11 from 7pm at The Playhouse, Church Street Timaru.

3. Be part of a live show!

Giant Leaps are running a bespoke Live-in-Five school holiday programme.

Be part of a live stage show in just 5 days! Learning from some of the very best in the industry.

South Canterbury Drama League
13th - 17th July 2020
9am-3pm Daily
Live show Friday 17th July 3pm
Age 7+years. All Abilities

Ignite the spark within - Temuka Holiday Programme

A chance to gain confidence being part of a team.  Five days of theatre training and learning new skills.

Temuka Rugby Club
8 - 18 years old
6th - 10th July

For more information email the Aidan Theatre.

4. Ride a horse

Thrive Equine Holiday Camps.

Thrive Equine based just south of Temuka now taking bookings for school holiday camps!

Suitable for seven years old and up, bring your own horse, or borrow one of theirs.  Choose between day camps from 9am - 4pm, or residential camps where you stay over!

It's a week of fun, games, friendships and unforgettable memories.

5. Go coastal

Go wildlife spotting on our coastal tracks.

Penguins and seals are regularly seen and recently a pod of orca were spotted at Patiti Point!

Check out the tracks in Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Temuka while you're here.

6. Get crafty

Makerspace at your local library.

There is something for everyone in the nice warm district libraries - books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, CDs and puzzles.  Plus get amongst the craft activities with their Makerspace.

7. Get on your bike

Our coastal tracks are fantastic for bike rides too.

You can easily spend an entire day at Centennial Park trying out all the tracks.  There are MTB tracks for all abilities from beginner to advanced.  Pack a picnic, cook a bbq.

Temuka Primary School have put in a new bike track that you can access outside of school hours.

8. Calling outdoor adventurers

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre holiday programme.

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre have fantastic activities planned over the holidays, for kids as well as adults.

You can climb, abseil, go on a day tramp, and an adventure treasure hunt!

9. Dust off the clubs

Take your pick from our mini-golf courses

Did you realise there's a practice fairway at Timaru Golf Club? Purchase a bucket of golf balls from the Pro Shop for $5 and away you go.  Open 7 days, 9am - 5pm, club hire also available.

10. Rainy day activities

Don't climb the walls at home if we have bad weather.

In Timaru you can take in a movie, and burn off some steam at Chipmunks, or Flip Out Timaru.

Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre is a great place to swim and slide.

The South Canterbury Museum is a fascinating place to explore, and the Aigantighe Art Gallery is family friendly and free entry.

The Geraldine Museum and the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum are both well worth a visit for the history buffs. In fact we have ten must-visit Museums throughout Timaru District.

Watch movies at the historic Geraldine cinema curled up in a sofa.

11. Get steamed up

Pleasant Point steam train

The Pleasant Point Railway and Museum is open again and having their fantastic family fun Steaming Day on July 12.

Come along to Pleasant Point to ride on Kiwi the Engine plus Tana the Tuatara, Polly the Pukeko and Percy Penguin carriages, with a special appearance from the Wally Weta Railcar.

12. Active kids get sporty

Active kids programme.

Sign your child up to experience a huge range of sports and awesome activities.

Active Kids is a fun, safe and affordable holiday option for children aged 5 - 13.  Register online at Sport South Canterbury.

13. Paint a plate

Grab a friend and give Paint a Plate a go!

There's a huge variety of pottery to choose from. Sessions are filling up fast, so message the team on Facebook to book your spot!

14. Art and culture outing

Butterflies and amazing art at Aigantighe Art Gallery

Timatanga Hou – New Beginnings

A collaborative exhibition that intertwines together the majestic photography of the night sky by local artist Geoff Cloake, the haunting music of Rhian Sheehan, with the woven beauty of mahi raranga by local artists Fran Spenser and Vicky King.

Sue Tennent - Distant Lands. 

Sue Tennent lives and works in Fairlie. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Design Studies (1983) and a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours (1987). She worked as an architect for many years, in large studios and as a sole practitioner.

Monarch butterflies

Wander the sculpture gardens while you're there. There are 25 sculptures scattered around a hectare of manicured gardens. Glance up into the cedar trees, home to thousands of monarch butterflies that overwinter there.

15. Museum happenings

While you're here

Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre

Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre has a school holiday special - half price family rates (2 adults and up to 3 children) from 6 - 19 July

YMCA Pop-Up Community Sport & Recreation Activities

YMCA is popping up again at Caroline Bay these school holidays with our Free Pop-Up community sport and recreation activities.  There will be our famous Bubble Football and other free play activities from 11am -3pm. Come along and join in the fun down at Caroline Bay. Wednesday and Thursday 11am - 3pm both weeks of the holidays. No registration needed.

Family fun in Geraldine

There's so much to do in and around Geraldine for families, and a lot of the best activities are completely free.

Explore Peel Forest

Put Peel Forest on your list of places to visit when you can.  It's all about bush walks, waterfalls, horse trekking, amazing scenery and great food.

Family fun

If it's fun with the whanau that you're after, grab a cuppa and browse this list.


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